Stanford junior hitter Brad Lawson earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's volleyball Player of the Week honors after helping the Cardinal to a pair of conference-opening victories over then No. 2 BYU last weekend.
Lawson combined for 39 kills, a .391 hitting percentage, nine digs, four assists, four blocks, and three aces.
The reigning conference player of the year also served three aces in the four-set match on Saturday. Perhaps most importantly, with Stanford down 12-10 in the fifth set Friday, Lawson delivered four kills, including a pair to fight off two match points, en route to a 17-15 win.
On Saturday, Lawson had eight first-set kills to Stanford off to a strong start. Then, after BYU had pulled back a set, Lawson began the decisive fourth by serving four consecutive points, including an ace, to put Stanford back in control.
Stanford (2-0, 3-0) moved into the No. 2 slot of the AVCA rankings and is tied for the conference lead with USC. Stanford plays at Hawai'i on Friday and Sunday to open a four-match road swing.
Senior defender Ryan Thomas became the second Cardinal player selected in the MLS Draft on Tuesday, when he went in the first round of the supplemental draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Thomas was the 16th overall pick in the supplemental portion of the draft and the 70th player selected overall.
"I was watching the draft online and it was a shock to me to be picked by the Galaxy," said Thomas. "I grew up in L.A. and would go to watch the Galaxy games at the Rose Bowl and now I am going to get to play on that field."
Thomas joins Bobby Warshaw who was taken by FC Dallas last week as Stanford players entering the MLS next season.
Thomas was a second team All-Pac-10 selection in the fall. Thomas totaled one goal and three assists as one of the top two-way players in the Pac-10.
Thomas will join the Galaxy when they resume practice next Monday. Los Angeles won the Western Division last season with a roster that includes Landon Donavan and David Beckham, as well as former Stanford great Todd Dunivant.