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Honors and awards for the 2011-12 season
Thursday's ceremony was held at Burnham Pavilion
Wrestler Nick Amuchastegui is the Academic All-American of the Year
Stanford vs. UCLA (4/14/12)
Men's Volleyball vs.
Stanford vs. USC
Stanford hit .515, the third-highest hitting percentage in school history.
Men's Volleyball vs. Thompson Rivers
As a Senior in 2012: Became one of four Stanford players to receive three first-team All-America honors ... named an AVCA first-team All-American ... also selected to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team for the third time ... named to the MPSF All-Tournament team ... twice named AVCA National Player of the Week (Feb. 14, April 17), the latter after combining for 27 kills and a .523 hitting percentage in regular-season closing victories over UC Santa Barbarba and UCLA ... also named MPSF Player of the Week after combining for 40 kills and a .352 hitting percentage in road victories over Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge ... established school career records (rally-scoring era) in kills (1,828) and service aces (128) ... also finished at No. 2 in career sets (437), No. 3 in career kills per set (4.18) and No. 7 in career hitting percentage (.326) ... also moved into Stanford top-10 in four single-season categories: No. 2 in aces (41), No. 3 in aces per set (0.37), and No. 6 in kills (451) ... all four of his kill totals rank among the top 10 in the rally-scoring era ... was fifth in the nation in kills per set (4.10) ... member of Stanford's winningest class, with 86 victories ... was the recipient of the Spirit of Stanford Award by the Stanford Athletic Board.
As a Junior in 2011: Named an AVCA first-team All-American, becoming just the sixth player in Stanford volleyball history to win multiple such honors ... started all 27 matches he played in as a team captain ... led the team with 455 kills and 26 aces ... also posted a team-high seven double-doubles ... named AVCA National Player of the Week in late February after combining for 43 kills, three aces, and 14 digs against UCLA (Feb. 25) and UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 26) ... his hitting percentage of .564 in the second match was also the second-best single-match performance by a Cardinal player this year ... earned MPSF Player of the Week honors two weeks into the season, posting a combined 39 kills against BYU in two mid-January matches ... his 27 kills against Long Beach State (April 23) in the last match of the season were the second-most in a single match by a Stanford player on the year ... also had the highest number of kills in a four-set match, with 23 against Pacific (April 16) ... earned a spot on the All-MPSF first team as well as the MPSF All-Academic team ... brought his career kill total to 1,377, the second-highest tally by a Stanford player in the rally-scoring era ... reached the 20-kill mark in nine matches ... his 87 aces also rank fourth in Stanford history ... finished the season ranked among the top 10 in Stanford career or single-season categories for the rally-scoring era ... had four consecutive kills in the fifth set to help Stanford fend off three match points in a five-set victory over BYU (Jan. 14) ... had a career-high 16 digs in a five-set victory over UC Irvine (Feb. 12).
As a Sophomore in 2010: Named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year ... had what is considered to be the most dominant performance by an outside hitter in an NCAA men's volleyball final (May 8) ... had 24 kills in 28 attacks in the championship sweep over Penn State with only one error, for stepping on the line on a backrow attack ... his .821 hitting percentage in the match was nearly .200 better than Stanford's next-best performance in 2010 (.625 by Lawson at UC San Diego on 12-for-16) ... also had four aces in the match, breaking the school single-season record with 43 ... hit over .300 in 26 of the team's 30 matches ... named NCAA Tournament's co-Most Outstanding Player, along with teammate Kawika Shoji ... selected as a first-team All-America by the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine ... named as the Stanford Athletic Board's Conference Male Athlete of the Year for his dominance in conference play ... led team, and was fifth in the nation, in kills per game (4.92) ... broke school season kills record (in the rally-scoring era) in the NCAA final, with 522 ... led Stanford in service aces (43) and points (601), and points per set (5.67) ... honored with All-Tournament awards from MPSF and NCAA, while also earning a spot on the MPSF All-Academic team ... started all 30 matches ... had a career-high 29 kills (29-4-46) in a four-set victory at No. 3 USC (Feb. 20) ... had five aces in a season-opening sweep of Hawai'i (Jan. 15) ... served eight consecutive points in the decisive fifth set at UC Irvine (April 24) in the season finale victory that won the MPSF regular-season title ... hits with great velocity and precision ... strong hitter from the backrow ... his defensive and passing skills were enough to absorb an opponent's best shot and set in motion the Stanford offense ... has started every match in his two seasons.
As a Freshman in 2009: Started all 32 matches - the only Stanford player to do so - and led the team in sets played (116) ... named to the All-MPSF third team and All-MPSF freshmen team... named MPSF player of the week for Feb. 2 after he had a collegiate career-high 27 kills (.438) - including several late in a tight third set - and 11 digs to lead Stanford from a two-set deficit to beat Long Beach State (Jan. 30) ... second behind Evan Romero in kills with 400, a school record for freshman in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) ... averaged 3.45 kills per set... recorded 117 digs for the season, reaching double-digits against BYU, Long Beach State, and Pepperdine... averaged 1.53 digs per set ... scored 18 service aces for the season.
International: Teamed with Erik and Kawika Shoji on the United States team at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, in August, 2011 ... had 14 kills, 10 digs, and two aces against the Czech Republic ... the U.S. finished 12th, though it posted a 5-3 record ... joined Erik Shoji on the 12-player U.S. team that reached the second round of the 2009 FIVB Junior World Championships in India ... played for the U.S. junior national team at the 2008 NORCECA championships in El Salvador and for the U.S. youth national team in 2006 and 2007.
High School/Club: Regarded as the nation's top recruit from the class of 2008 ... Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 captain ... Mizuno first-team All-American and Player of the Year ... had 28 kills in a three-set sweep of Erik Shoji's Punahou team to give Iolani of Honolulu the Hawaii Division I state title for 2007-08 ... lettered four years in volleyball and one in canoe paddling ... Star-Bulletin state volleyball Player of the Year in 2007-08 ... Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year for 2006-07 ... two-time Junior Olympic all-tournament selection while playing for the Outrigger Canoe Volleyball Club of Honolulu, leading team to silver in 2006.
Personal: Son of Bill and Laurie Lawson ... has a brother, Billy, and a sister, Amy, a four-time All-NAIA soccer player at Westmont College ... father was an all-conference soccer goalkeeper at Trinity (Conn.) College ... talented musician, who has created and led his own bands ... Lawson has sung the national anthem before Stanford women's volleyball and basketball contests... played with Athletes in Action in summer of 2010 in Brazil ... graduated with a degree in science, technology, and society ... hobbies include singing, music production, video production, piano, surfing and photography.