Surging Cardinal Hosts Hawai’i
THIS WEEK: The sixth-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team (12-7, 9-7 MPSF) returns to The Farm this week to play host to No. 10 Hawai’i (11-8, 9-7 MPSF) for a two-match homestand, March 14-15 at 7 p.m. PT.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Live stats for the matches can be found on the men’s volleyball schedule page on GoStanford.com. Both matches will be live streamed through pac-12.com and broadcast on KZSU radio at 90.1 FM or online at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/.
SCOUTING HAWAII: Hawai’i enters the week with an 11-8 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the MPSF. The Rainbow Warriors are coming off back-to-back losses to then-No. 8 UC Irvine at home last week. Junior outside hitter Brook Sedore paces the team with 3.58 kills per set on a .309 attack percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic adds 3.00 kills and 1.19 digs per set. Senior setter Joby Ramos controls the offense with 10.08 assists per set, while also posting 1.64 digs and 0.58 blocks per set.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Fans will have access to unique behind-the-scenes content on the team this season by liking Stanford Men’s Volleyball on Facebook or following the team on Twitter (@StanfordMVB) and Instagram (@therealstanfordmvb).
LAST TIME OUT: Stanford went on the road last week and knocked off No. 4 Pepperdine in four sets before sweeping No. 6 USC. The Cardinal hit .441 as a team in the two matches. Sophomore setter James Shaw averaged 14.00 assists per set and tallied 13 kills on a .500 hitting percentage in the two matches. Stanford won at USC for the first time since 2010 and hit an MPSF season high of .527 as a team, siding out at a rate of 90 percent.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford sophomore setter James Shaw has been tabbed the MPSF and AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Player of the Week after leading the Cardinal to wins at then-No. 4 Pepperdine (3-1) and at then-No. 6 USC (3-0). He directed a Stanford offense which hit .441 on the weekend, and tied for the second-highest team hitting percentage in the rally-scoring era at USC (.527). Shaw averaged 14.00 assists per set and hit .500 on the offensive end.
IN THE POLL: Stanford jumped up four spots in the latest AVCA Division I-II Men’s Coaches Poll to No. 6 after upsetting No. 4 Pepperdine and No. 6 USC on the road last week. The Cardinal is one of nine MPSF teams ranked in the top 15 with all nine appearing in the top 10.
STATISTICAL RANKINGS: The following is Stanford’s team and individual rankings among the nation’s top-25. Hitting Percentage: .333, 2nd Kills per set: 13.81, 3rd (Brian Cook 3.53, 22nd; Steven Irvin 3.44, 25th) Assists per set: 13.07, 3rd (James Shaw 11.10, 7th) Digs per set: 9.99, 3rd (Grant Delgado 2.59, 5th) Aces per set: 1.38, 8th (Steven Irvin 0.36, 16th) Points per set: (Brian Cook 4.08, 24th)
HEAD COACH JOHN KOSTY: Stanford head coach John Kosty is in his eighth season at the helm of the Cardinal program and his 24th overall on staff. He is 133-89 in his career and guided Stanford to the 2010 NCAA national championship. The Cardinal has produced a first team AVCA All-America selection in each of the past six seasons under Kosty.