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Stanford men's volleyball trio earns All-MPSF honors

 

Three Stanford men's volleyball players garnered All-MPSF conference accolades, the league announced Thursday. Representing the Cardinal were junior Conrad Kaminski, junior James Shaw and freshman Kyle Dagostino.

Kaminski led Stanford as a second-team pick for the second consecutive season. Shaw, who missed part of the season due to injuries, collected his second career honorable-mention honors (2013 & 2015). He was a first-team selection in 2014. Dagostino was one of seven rookies named to the all-freshman team.

Kaminski, a middle blocker from New Berlin, Wisconsin, led Stanford and was sixth in the conference with a .400 season hitting percentage. The only Cardinal player to start all 28 matches this season, Kaminski led the team in blocks (90) and was third in kills (174). His .453 career hitting percentage is the best in program history in the rally scoring era. The mechanical engineering major recorded a career high, and team season-best, 12 blocks in a thrilling five-set win over CSUN on Jan. 23. Kaminski tallied six of his 12 blocks in the fifth set as the Cardinal crushed the Matadors 15-3 to seal the victory.

Shaw, a 6-8 setter out of Woodside, appeared in just half of the Cardinal's 28 matches this season due to a variety of injuries. Competing as both a setter and an outside hitter at times, Shaw hit .269 on the season, collecting 66 kills, 81 digs and 35 blocks. He finished the year with 379 assists (7.90 aps) and 11 service aces. His 51 assists against then-No. 4 BYU on March 7 was a team season-best.

Dagostino came to Stanford as a libero, but with injuries to Shaw he transitioned into the Cardinal's starting setter. A native of Tampa, Fla., the 5-9 Dagostino started 17 of the team's 28 matches. His 5.92 assists per set average was 12th in the MPSF. He also collected 1.20 digs per set on the season. He racked up a team season-high 14 digs against Long Beach State on Jan. 21, and also posted a career high 47 assists at UC San Diego on Feb. 14.

Stanford is the host site for the 2015 National Collegiate Men's Volleyball Championship, held May 5-9 in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal, however, did not qualify to compete.

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