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Five Stanford men on All-American volleyball team

 

Led by first-team selection Brian Cook, five Stanford men's volleyball players earned Volleyball Magazine All-America honors, the publication announced Tuesday.

Sophomores Conrad Kaminski and James Shaw collected second-team accolades, while senior Eric Mochalski and redshirt junior Grant Delgado were named to the third team.

The NCAA Men's All-America teams have a different look than in the past. Instead of 10 players of each team there are seven, and the votes were calculated based on position so each "all-star" team includes two middles, two outsides, an opposite, a setter, a libero and a coach. Stanford head coach John Kosty, the 2014 MPSF Coach of the Year, was named the coach of the second team.

For the second consecutive season, Cook has earned first-team honors. The outside hitter led the squad in kills in 24 of the 33 matches, and notched six double-doubles. He finished seventh in the MPSF and 13th in the nation in kills per set (3.81) and was eighth in the MPSF and 17th nationally with 4.30 points per set. He ends his time on The Farm third in career kills in the rally scoring era (1,439) and eighth overall. He is just the 12th Cardinal men's volleyball player to earn multiple first team All-America honors.

Kaminski, a New Berlin, Wis., native, picks up his first career Volleyball Magazine All-America honors. An AVCA honorable-mention pick this season, the middle blocker was the only MPSF player to hit over .500 (.505). His single-season hitting percentage is the highest by a Cardinal player in the rally scoring era, becoming just the fourth player in program history to hit over .500 in a single season. His 124 blocks this season were the second-most by a player in the rally scoring era at Stanford.

Shaw is being recognized by Volleyball Magazine for the second straight season after earning a spot on the third team as a rookie in 2013. The Woodside native directed the Cardinal offense which led the MPSF and ranked second in the nation with a .334 hitting percentage. He finished fourth in the conference and ninth in the nation with 10.86 assists per set, ranking 10th in the rally scoring era at Stanford. He racked up a total of 1,358 assists, good for third on the single season list, while his 33 aces were seventh in program history in the rally scoring era.

Mochalski picks up his first career All-America accolades. The Manhattan Beach native, successfully made the transition from middle to opposite for the Cardinal. He ranked second on the team with 34 aces and third with 281 kills. He ends his time at Stanford ranked in the top-10 in the rally scoring era in career blocks (326), hitting percentage (.378), aces (100) and sets played (435).

An All-MPSF honorable-mention pick this season, Delgado earns his first career All-America honors. The redshirt junior libero was fourth in the conference and ninth in the nation in digs per set (2.51). He tallied 281 digs this season, good for fifth-best on the single season list in the rally scoring era. His career high 19 digs against BYU in the NCAA semifinal win were the fifth-most digs in a five set match in the rally scoring era in program history.

— Stanford Athletics

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