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Six Earn All-MPSF
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/17/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – For the first time in program history, the Stanford men’s volleyball team landed three players on the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team, and six overall selections, the MPSF announced today.

Senior outside hitters Brian Cook and Steven Irvin were joined by sophomore setter James Shaw on the All-MPSF first team. Stanford’s three first team picks were the most by any team this season.

Senior opposite Eric Mochalski and sophomore middle Conrad Kaminski were tabbed to the All-MPSF second team, while redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado garnered honorable mention accolades.

Cook, a Santa Cruz, Calif., native Cook received his third career All-MPSF honors after earning second team in 2012 and first team last season. He leads the Cardinal and ranks in the top-15 in the MPSF with 3.68 kills and 4.20 points per set. He upped those marks to 3.77 kills and 4.26 points per set in MPSF play. Cook has led the team in kills 18 times and has registered five double-doubles on the year.

Irvin, who was an honorable mention selection in 2012 and notched second team honors a year ago, also receives his third career recognition. A native of Pacific Palisades, Calif., the outside hitter is second on the squad with 3.28 kills and 3.83 points per set, and is hitting over .300 for the first time in his career (.313). Both marks rank in the top-15 in the MPSF. He also leads the team with 0.32 aces per set, good for seventh in the conference.

Shaw, who earned All-MPSF honorable mention and freshman team accolades last season, has guided the Cardinal offense to an MPSF-best .334 team hitting percentage, which ranks third nationally. He averages 10.78 assists per set, ranking fourth in the MPSF, to go with 1.02 kills and 1.51 digs per set. Earlier this season he was named the MPSF and AVCA National Player of the Week after the Cardinal knocked off Pepperdine and USC on the road.

Mochalski, who was an All-MPSF freshman pick in 2011 and an honorable mention selection in 2012, has made the transition from middle to opposite this season. He ranks third on the team with 2.18 kills per set, while hitting .289. His 0.30 aces per set is eighth-best in the MPSF. He has picked up MPSF and AVCA National Player of the Week honors this season as well.

Kaminski, a New Berlin, Wis., native, collects the first conference honors of his career. He is the only player in the MPSF hitting over .500 (.502) this season. He averages 1.62 kills and 1.02 blocks per set for the Cardinal. He has tallied eight blocks in a match on three occasions, the most by a Cardinal player this season.

Delgado, a Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., native, is being recognized for the first time in his career. The libero has started 26 of the Cardinal’s 27 matches this season, ranking fourth in the MPSF and 11th in the nation with 2.44 digs per set. He has twice registered 18 digs in a match this season, against UCLA in the season opener (Jan. 4) and versus Long Beach State at home (Jan. 31). He has tallied double-digit digs in nine matches this season.

BYU's Taylor Sander was named the MPSF Player of the Year for the second consecutive seaoson, while USC's Lucas Yoder was tabbed the Fresham of the Year.

Stanford earned the No. 3 seed in the MPSF Tournament, its seventh consecutive appearance in the postseason. The Cardinal will host No. 6 seed UC Irvine on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. PT in Maples Pavilion. Fans can buy tickets online at gostanford.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-Stanford.


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