Stanford's Shaw is named Player of the Year in the MPSF


Stanford senior setter James Shaw has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year in men's volleyball, the organization announced Thursday.

Joining Shaw (first team) on the all-conference teams are senior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski (first team), senior outside hitter Madison Hayden (second team), sophomore libero Evan Enriques (second team) and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw (honorable mention).

Stanford's five selections are its most since 2014, when it placed six on the all-conference teams.

A native of Woodside, Shaw is the third Cardinal to earn MPSF Player of the Year honors, joining Canyon Ceman (1993) and Brad Lawson (2010). He is one of two players in the MPSF this season to earn all-conference honors all four years of his career. He was also a first-team pick in 2014 and garnered honorable mention in 2013 and 2015.

After missing half of his junior season due to injuries, Shaw has returned to full form for his final campaign with the Cardinal. He guided the squad to a .334 team hitting percentage during the regular season, ranking second in the MPSF and third in the nation.

He is averaging 10.06 assists, 1.25 kills, 1.50 digs, 0.85 blocks and 0.36 aces per set in 2016 while hitting .572. He tallied a season-best 54 assists twice this year, in a five-set win at then-No. 1 BYU (Jan. 15) and versus then-No. 10 CSUN (March 30), and led the team with four double-doubles.

Kaminski, who hails from New Berlin, Wis., picked up his third career All-MPSF accolades after being named to the second team as a sophomore and junior. He leads the team and ranks second in the MPSF and the nation in blocks per set (1.49) and is third in the MPSF in hitting percentage (.482).

A second-team selection, Hayden is being recognized by the MPSF for the first time in his career. He leads Stanford and ranks fifth in the MPSF with 3.44 kills and 3.99 points per set. He is also second on the squad in aces (25) and third in digs (130).

Enriques, a sophomore from Punalu'u, Hawaii, collects his first career All-MPSF honors, and is one of just three liberos recognized on the all-conference teams. He leads the MPSF and ranks 10th nationally with 2.59 digs per set.

Rakestraw, who has been solid for the Cardinal in the middle this season, receives honorable mention recognition for the first time in his career. He ranks fifth in the MPSF in hitting percentage (.482) and 10th in blocks per set (1.02).

— Stanford Athletics

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