STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford men’s volleyball team led all schools with three players selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America first and second teams, the organization announced today.
Senior outside hitter Brian Cook headlined the Cardinal honorees, earning first team honors for the second straight year. He becomes the 10th player in program history to garner multiple first team accolades.
Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin and sophomore James Shaw were selected to the second team. Irvin is a repeat second team member, while Shaw is being honored by the AVCA for the first time in his career.
Sophomore middle blocker Conrad Kaminski earned honorable mention honors to bring the Cardinal’s total All-America count to four. For the first time in school history, Stanford has had at least three All-America selections for five consecutive seasons.
Stanford and Loyola University of Chicago tied for the most selections overall with four. The Ramblers placed three on the honorable mention list.
Cook, a Santa Cruz, Calif., native leads the Cardinal and ranks in the top-15 in the MPSF with 3.70 kills and 4.20 points per set. Cook has led the team in kills 19 times, including a 21-kill performance against No. 6 UC Irvine in the MPSF quarterfinal win on April 19. He has registered five double-doubles on the year and will end his career ranked in the top 10 in the rally-scoring era at Stanford in kills, hitting percentage, digs and sets played.
Irvin, a native of Pacific Palisades, Calif., is second on the squad with 3.27 kills and 3.80 points per set, and is hitting over .300 for the first time in his career (.312). Both marks rank in the top-15 in the MPSF, while he also leads the team with 0.31 aces per set, good for seventh in the conference. He will end his time on The Farm ranked in the top-10 in the rally-scoring era in career kills, digs and service aces.
Shaw, who earned third team All-America honors from Volleyball Magazine last season, has guided the Cardinal offense to an MPSF-best .333 team hitting percentage, which ranks third nationally. The Woodside, Calif., native averages 10.78 assists per set, ranking fourth in the MPSF and 10th in the nation, to go with 1.51 digs and 0.99 kills 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. Shaw’s 1,153 assists this season ranks ninth on the school’s single season list in the rally-scoring era.
Kaminski, a New Berlin, Wis., native, is the only player in the MPSF hitting over .500 (.504) this season, a mark which would break the Cardinal’s single season record in the rally-scoring era. He averages 1.59 kills and 1.03 blocks per set for the Cardinal. His blocks per set mark leads the team and ranks among the top 15 in the conference. He has tallied eight blocks in a match on three occasions, the most by a Cardinal player this season.
Stanford, the No. 3 seed in the MPSF Tournament, will take on No. 2 seed Pepperdine, Thursday, April 24 in Provo, Utah. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT and will live streamed on TheW.tv, the West Coast Conference’s video portal.