Stanford's Shaw is national player of the week in volleyball


Stanford senior setter James Shaw has been selected the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week, the organization announced Tuesday.

Shaw led Stanford to four-set wins over No. 10 CSU Northridge and No. 5 Long Beach State last week, keeping the Cardinal in a tie for first-place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. He guided the Cardinal offense to a .372 team hitting percentage for the weekend, averaging 12.75 assists (almost three more than his season average). For the weekend, he upped his season averages in kills, hitting percentage, assists, blocks and points.

The Woodside native was also efficient as an attacker last week, posting 11 errorless kills on just 16 attempts (.688). Against CSUN, he matched his season-high with 54 assists while notching five kills and five blocks. Versus Long Beach State on Senior Night, he collected 48 assists as the team hit .391 to go with six kills, seven digs, four blocks and three aces.

This marks the second career AVCA National Player of the Week honor for Shaw as he was also recognized on March 11, 2014. He joins Gabriel Vega (Feb. 23) as the Cardinal honorees this season.

No. 3-ranked Stanford wraps up the regular season this week at No. 4 UCLA on Thursday and at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. Thursday's match will be televised live at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Bay Area.

— Stanford Athletics

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