Stanford setter Shaw named 2016 MPSF Player of Year

Stanford setter James Shaw one year after being sidelined with an injury achieved a feat not accomplished by a setter in almost a decade.

The MPSF announced Thursday that Shaw was selected as the 2016 MPSF Player of the Year — becoming the first setter to earn the award since 2007.

Shaw ended the regular season guiding the Stanford offense to the third best attack percentage in the nation at .334. In addition, the senior is among the national leaders with a 10.06 assists per game average and added 32 aces to help No. 4/4 Stanford earn the No. 4 seed for the upcoming MPSF Tournament.

Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco also was named the 2016 MPSF Freshman of the Year.

The MPSF regular season champions BYU led all schools with five players receiving All-MPSF honors. Long Beach State and Stanford had four players earn all-conference honors, while UCLA and Pepperdine had three All-MPSF selections.

Individual awards
2016 MPSF Player of the Year: James Shaw, Stanford
2016 MPSF Freshman of the Year: TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State

ALL-MPSF FIRST-TEAM
Setter: Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Setter: Jonah Seif, UC Santa Barbara
Setter: James Shaw, Stanford
Opposite: Ben Patch, BYU
Opposite: Matt Tarantino, Pepperdine
Outside attacker: Jake Arnitz, UCLA
Outside attacker: TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
Outside attacker: Jake Langlois, BYU
Outside attacker: Brenden Sander, BYU
Outside attacker: Sinisa Zarkovic, Hawai’i
Middle attacker: Conrad Kaminski, Stanford
Middle attacker: Taylor Gregory, Long Beach State

ALL-MPSF SECOND-TEAM
Setter: Leo Durkin, BYU
Setter: Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State
Opposite: Kyle Ensing, Long Beach State
Opposite: Matt Marsh, UC Santa Barbara
Opposite: Michael Saeta, UC Irvine
Outside attacker: Madison Hayden, Stanford
Outside attacker: David Wieczorek, Pepperdine
Middle attacke: Jason Agopian, UC Irvine
Middle attacker: Tommy Carmody, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Price Jarman, BYU
Middle attacker: Mitch Stahl, UCLA
Libero: Evan Enriques, Stanford
Libero: Kolby Kanetake, Hawai’i

ALL-MPSF HONORABLE METNION
Setter: Hagen Smith, UCLA
Opposite: Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i
Outside attacker: JT Hatch, UCLA
Outside attacker: Tamir Hershko, UC Irvine
Outside attacker: Lucas Yoder, USC
Middle attacker: Josiah Byers, CSUN
Middle attacker: Henri Cherry, UC Santa Barbara
Middle attacker: Enrique Garcia, Cal Baptist
Middle attacker: Ryan Hardy, UC Santa Barbara
Middle attacker: Michael Hatch, BYU
Middle attacker: Kevin Rakestraw, Stanford
Libero: Andrew Sato, Long Beach State

MPSF ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Setter: Micah Ma’a, UCLA
Setter: Josh Tuaniga, Long Beach State
Opposite: Kyle Ensing, Long Beach State
Opposite: Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i
Outside attacker: TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State
Outside attacker: David Wieczorek, Pepperdine
Middle attacker: Henri Cherry, UC Santa Barbara