Stanford men's volleyball team has four All-Americans


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 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, 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 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.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford incoming freshman Elizabeth Price announced her retirement from the U.S. Women's National Team and will join the Cardinal in 2014-15.

Price, one of the world's elite women's gymnasts, wrapped up an outstanding international career by winning the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup Series in April.

Price claimed victories at the AT&T American Cup in Greensboro, N.C., and the Stuttgart (Germany) World Cup. She took second at the Glasgow (Scotland) World Cup.

She is coming off a successful Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval in which she claimed titles on bars and floor.

Price will join a Stanford team that competed in its seventh NCAA Championships in the past eight years, and 14th time in program history, during the 2014 season.

The Cardinal has made 31 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (34 overall) and accumulated 101 All-America honors (including 81 since 2002).

It was a year full of accomplishments for Stanford which finished with a 25-8 record – tying for the third-most wins in program history.

The Cardinal placed second at the Pac-12 Championships, recorded its second-highest team score at an NCAA regional competition (197.275) and three gymnasts combined for five First Team All-America honors.

Price had a terrific year in international competition, earning the World Cup Series all-around title. At the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, Price paced the field with a 14.600 on bars and a 14.950 on floor.

Price finished first in the all-around at the AT&T American Cup with a score of 59.966. She posted a meet-best 15.700 on vault, and went 15.2 on bars, 14.566 on beam and 14.500 on floor.

Price defended her 2012 title at the Stuttgart World Cup by posting a meet-best 58.032 in the all-around. She scored a competition-best 15.700 on vault, and had strong performances on uneven bars (14.466), floor (14.366) and balance beam (13.500).

Price signed a National Letter of Intent in mid-November to join the Cardinal. She boasts a wealth of national and international experience and was named an alternate to the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. It was the first gold-medal finish for the U.S. since 1996.

Price finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials after hitting each of her eight routines.

Track and field

Stanford was second in the women's distance medley relay Thursday, one of the showcase collegiate events at the 120th Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Villanova's Emily Lipari kicked past Stanford's Aisling Cuffe on the final lap of the anchor leg to give the Wildcats the victory. Villanova ran 10:57.35 to Stanford's 10:57.35 in an event that combines legs of 1,200, 400, 800, and 1,600 meters.

The Stanford team ran strong throughout. Amy Weissenbach opened with a split of 3:24.83 (1,200), Kristyn Williams followed in 52.37 (400), Claudia Saunders ran 2:04.58 (800), and Cuffe finished with 4:35.86 (1,600).

On Friday, Stanford is scheduled to compete in the women's 4x1500 and the men's distance medley relays. Stanford won three consecutive 4x1500's at the Penn Relays from 2004-06. The Stanford men are the reigning NCAA indoor DMR champs.

On Saturday, Stanford is expected to run in the men's 4xmile and 4x800. In all, Stanford has brought 14 athletes to the meet.

Men's tennis

No. 27 Stanford dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 49 Oregon on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai.

Stanford (14-5) had a five-match winning streak end, which included last weekend's upset of No. 16 California.

The Cardinal await Tuesday's selection show to determine its postseason fate.

Awarded the tournament's No. 3 seed after finishing third in the conference, Stanford was upended by No. 7 seed Oregon, which won its second match in consecutive days after defeating No. 6 seed Washington on Wednesday.

The Ducks (17-8) also avenged an earlier loss, as the Cardinal posted a 4-2 victory in the regular-season meeting at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Stanford claimed a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point for only the second time in five matches. The decider was an 8-6 victory from Yale Goldberg and Trey Strobel at the No. 3 spot.

Oregon tied the match at 1-1 following a 6-3, 6-4 triumph from Daniel Sardu over Nolan Paige at the No. 4 spot.

Anthony Tsodikov then put Stanford ahead 2-1 thanks to a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over Joey Swaysland on court five.

But the Ducks countered with three consecutive three-set victories, with Robin Cambier providing the clincher against John Morrissey 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 1 position.

Women's tennis

Carol Zhao won both of her matches on Thursday afternoon during the opening round of Championship division singles play at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai.

Caroline Doyle also collected a pair of victories in the Invitational division.

Doubles play begins on Friday morning.

— Stanford Athletics


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