Stanford All-American setter James Shaw is one of three collegiate players to be named to the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team preliminary roster for FIVB World League competition, USA Volleyball announced this week.
A Woodside native, Shaw is joined on the preliminary roster by former Cardinal All-Americans Kawika (2010) and Erik (2012) Shoji. Seven Olympians are also a part of the roster.
Shaw is one of three collegians named to the training roster along with USC's Micah Christenson and BYU's Taylor Sander. All three have played internationally as part of the USA Volleyball High Performance Program, but only Christenson has played with the senior national team.
"There are some very good collegiate players that are going to start moving onto the roster," U.S. head coach John Speraw said. "Both James and Taylor had great seasons. I wanted Taylor in the gym last summer, but it didn't work out academically. And I think James has improved a great deal over the last year."
Shaw just completed his sophomore season on The Farm, helping lead the Cardinal to the NCAA championship match. He was a second team AVCA All-American and a first team All-MPSF performer. He ranked ninth nationally in assists per set (10.86) and directed the Cardinal offense, which led the MPSF and was second in the nation, in hitting percentage (.334).
The FIVB World League is the premier annual international men's volleyball competition. Teams compete for six weekends of pool play in hopes of qualifying for the Final Round. This year, the U.S. Men, ranked No. 4 in the world, will play No. 2 Russia, No. 6 Bulgaria and No. 9 Serbia. The U.S. staff can choose 14 players from the 22-man roster to compete each weekend, as long as there are two designated liberos.
Palo Alto resident Daniela Barnea won six gold medals in her six swimming events at the USMS Spring National Championships last weekend at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.
There were 2,250 swimmers, age 18 to 92, from more than 250 clubs on hand. The field include Olympic gold medalists like Matt Biondi and Stanford graduate Misty Hyman.
Barnea competed in the women's 70-74 division while representing Stanford Masters, which had 33 swimmers in the meet. Among Barnea's victories was a national age-group record of 3:06.72 in the 200 IM. She also won the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 IM.
Katie Glenn of Stanford Masters won five races and set national records in the 50 breast (28.55) and 100 breast (1:02.34) for women 35-39. Stanford grad Dana Kirk won three races in the women's 25-29 age group. Next up for Masters swimming will be the Senior Games at Stanford on May 18.