COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Stanford sophomore setter James Shaw was added to the United States team that will play in the FIVB Under-21 World Championships next week in Turkey.
Shaw replaced Micah Christenson, who was called into the senior national team.
“We’re looking forward to having James’ leadership and international experience on the team,” Coach Pete Hanson said to teamusa.org. “He’s a talented athlete and brings a lot to the table.”
Shaw played opposite on the junior national team that won the 2012 NORCECA championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., to qualify for worlds. He was originally named an alternate to the tournament.
In 2011, Shaw was selected to the U.S. boys’ youth national team that won the bronze medal at the U19 Pan American Cup and placed 11th at the FIVB U19 World Championship under Stanford associate head coach Ken Shibuya.
Shaw, the son of former Stanford men's and women's coach Don Shaw, was an immediate starter during his freshman season, helping the Cardinal to a 15-13 record and No. 6 national ranking by the AVCA.
Shaw was named a third-team All-America by Volleyball Magazine, and was one of only two freshmen named to any of VBM's All-America teams.The U.S. team is at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs through Friday, before heading to Turkey. The tournament will be played in Ankara and Izmir from Aug. 22-Sept. 1.