Brad Lawson, a 6-foot-7 junior outside hitter for the Stanford men's volleyball team, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week.
Lawson was a key player in leading the Cardinal to a pair of top-10 wins over No. 8 UCLA and then-No. 3 UC Santa Barbara for coach John Kosty.
In the first game of the week, against UCLA, Lawson nailed 18 kills and tallied six digs in the four-set win over the Bruins. However, the Hawaii native kicked it into a higher gear in the second match against the Gauchos. Trailing 2-0 in the match, Stanford rattled off three consecutive sets for the win. Lawson had 25 kills, eight digs and finished with a .564 hitting percentage.
His totals for the week amounted to 43 kills, 14 digs and three aces while accumulating a .480 hitting percentage. This is the ninth time in program history a player from Stanford has won the DI-DII AVCA Player of the Week, and Lawson is certainly no stranger to this honor with this being his third time winning it after taking home the award twice a year ago.
Nationally No. 9-ranked Stanford (4-3) will host Santa Clara (4-3) on Tuesday in Sunken Diamond at 5:30 p.m., before heading back to the Central Time Zone for the third time in three weeks -- traveling to Austin for a three-game series at No. 6-ranked Texas (5-3) this weekend.
Stanford began the season at No. 17-ranked Rice, winning two of three, beat No. 17 Cal last Tuesday, before dropping two of three at No 3 Vandy.
Finishing in Austin on Sunday, Stanford will have spent 12 days away from home and nine in the Bay Area. Stanford will then take a 10-day break for finals.
This weekend's matchup should feature RHP Mark Appel (0-1, 3.09 ERA) on Friday and RHP Jordan Pries (2-0, 1.64 ERA) sometime over the weekend. The full rotation has not been announced. Texas will counter on the first two days with RHP Taylor Jungmann (2-0, 0.00) on Friday and RHP Cole Green (0-1, 5.91 ERA on Saturday.
Neither pitcher has been announced for Tuesday. All games will be on KZSU 90.1 FM.
Stanford dropped to No. 9 nationally in Baseball America's poll, are No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings and No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Stanford began the season No. 10 and moved up to No. 8 on February 21. Stanford will face eight teams ranked in the preseason national top-25 this season.
Stanford hosts Seattle in a nonconference game Tuesday at 7 p.m., the first meeting between the two schools in 25 years.
The Cardinal (14-14) still has an outside chance to qualify for a postseason berth, but would need at least two more wins the rest of the way to have a chance.
Stanford hopes to end its home season the same way it began: with a victory. The Cardinal won its first eight home contests but has won two of its last seven.
Sophomore Kristina Wong shot a one-over 73 and Stanford recorded a team score of 304 on the first day of the Bruin-Wave Invitational being held at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita.
The Cardinal trails first-place UCLA by 23 strokes after the Bruins shot a seven-under 281 on their opening round on Monday.
Stanford will enter the U.S. Collegiate National Championships in Buffalo, which begin March 17, on a good note.
The Cardinal won the West Regional on Sunday, defeating Arizona and host Arizona State in Tempe.
Stanford finished first in all four events, including a season-best swim in the team competition (91.333).
Madison Crocker, Morgan Fuller and Olivia Morgan won the trio event with a score of 87.167. Alex Bollaidlaw, Jessica Guenther and Maria Koroleva were second (84.500), while Wendy Lu, Corinne Smith and Koko Urata finished third (82.667).
For the first time this season, Croker and Fuller won the duet competition, scoring an 88.000. Koroleva and Morgan finished just behind the pair with an 87.833. Senior Gayle Lee captured the solo title with a score of 83.333.