2 sons of Hall of Famers in Stanford’s newest recruiting class

Two setters who are sons of Hall of Famers will join Stanford for the 2013 season.

Stanford coach John Kosty announced Thursday that setters Joe Ctvrtlik and James Shaw were among the four high school seniors to sign Letters of National Intent to play for the Cardinal.


Ctvrtlik is the son of Bob Ctvrtlik, a two-time world volleyball player of the year who competed in three Olympics and helped lead the United States to a gold medal in 1988. In addition, Shaw is the son of Don Shaw, who is a former head coach for both the Stanford men’s and women’s volleyball teams and guided the Cardinal to four NCAA championships.

Ctvrtlik as a junior was a 2011 All-Orange County honorable mention selection after his high school team won the CIF Southern California Regional Division II championship. He also was the starting setter for the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club 18 Quiksilver team, which reached the 2011 USA Volleyball junior national championships.

Shaw, a 6-foot-7-inch setter from Woodside, Calif., played for the United States at the Youth World Championships in August. With his high school team last season, Shaw was an All-West Catholic Athletic League First-Team selection and earned the San Jose Mercury News Santa Clara County Junior of the Year award.

Along with Ctvrtlik and Shaw, Alex Stephanus and Gabriel Vega will join the Cardinal in 2013.

Stephanus, a middle attacker from Manhattan Beach, Calif., was a 2011 All-CIF Southern Section and Santa Fe League First-Team selection. He also was named to the USA Volleyball junior national championships All-Tournament Team this summer as his club team won the national title.

Vega, a 6-foot-7-inch outside attacker from Kailua, Hawaii, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2011 USA Volleyball junior national championships. In addition, as a junior on his high school team Vega was selected to the 2011 Hawaii All-State Fab 15 team.

Stanford ended the 2011 regular season No. 3 in the national rankings, but was upset in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals and missed the Final Four.