Brian Cook has become the 18th player in Stanford men's volleyball history to be named first-team All-American.
The 6-foot-5 Cook ranks fourth in the nation with 4.01 kills per set while totaling 417 kills this season. Cook was a consistent performer with a total of six matches of 20-plus kills, including two season-highs of 24.
The junior opposite hitter from Santa Cruz was joined by teammate Steven Irvin on the two 10-player All-America teams announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Thursday. This is the first All-America honor for either player. Irvin made the second team.
Cook becomes the eighth Stanford junior to earn first-team AVCA honors, joining Canyon Ceman (1993), Matt Fuerbringer (1996), Dave Goss (1992), Mike Lambert (1995), Brad Lawson (2011), Erik Shoji (2011), and Kawika Shoji (2009).
Irvin, a 6-5 junior outside hitter from Pacific Palisades, had 331 kills for a per set average of 3.31. In early February, he had a streak of three consecutive 20-kill performances, including a team season-high 27 kills with only four errors in 42 attempts, for a .548 hitting percentage in a five-set victory at Hawaii on Feb. 1.
He followed with 22 kills against the Warriors the next night. Beyond his hitting, Irvin was a versatile player, leading the Cardinal in digs (183, 1.76) and aces (25, 0.24), and was second in kills.
Earlier, Cook received his first All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first-team honor and Irvin was named to the second team. Together, they helped Stanford to a 15-13 record, a sixth-place MPSF finish, and a No. 6 AVCA ranking.
Stanford extends its streak of first-team honors to five consecutive seasons. Cook joins Lawson (2010-12), Erik Shoji (2009-12), Kawika Shoji (2009-10) on that list, totaling 10 first-team All-America honors among them.
With the additions of Cook and Irvin, Stanford's all-time All-America list now totals 25 for a program that began varsity play in 1976.
Stanford topped Washington, 4-2, Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Championship.
The Cardinal (12-10) moved one step closer to securing an NCAA Tournament berth, earning its second win of the season over Washington (17-11). Stanford beat the Huskies, 4-3, in Seattle on April 5.
Stanford, winners of four of its last five matches, rallied to win the doubles point with victories on courts two and three after Washington gained an early edge at No. 1.
Daniel Ho extended the lead to 2-0 following a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Viktor Farkas at the No. 5 spot.
Washington countered with wins from Marton Bots (3-6, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2) and Emmett Egger (7-5, 6-4 at No. 4) to even the match at 2-2.
Trey Strobel put the Cardinal back in front 3-2 thanks to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Nicholas Kamisar on court six.
The clincher came from Maciek Romanowicz on court three, outlasting Max Manthou 7-5, 7-5 to preserve the victory.
Kyle McMorrow was two points away from taking a tough three-setter from John Morrissey at the No. 1 spot before the match was abandoned.
Next up for the Cardinal is a semifinal battle against No. 1 UCLA on Friday at noon. The winner of the Pac-12 Championships receives the conference's automatic postseason bid.
Michigan climbed into first place in the Learfield NCAA Division I Director's Cup standings and currently has 914.25 total points.
The Wolverines finished first in men's swimming and diving and men's gymnastics, second in men's basketball, seventh in women's gymnastics, 15th in women's track and field, 17th in women's basketball, 33rd in wrestling and 36th in women's swimming and diving.
Former No. 1 Stanford is in second place after taking third place in men's gymnastics, seventh place in men's swimming and diving and women's gymnastics, eighth place in women's swimming and diving and fencing, ninth place in women's basketball, 30th in men's track and field and 38th in wrestling. The Cardinal has 902.75 total points.
Penn State is in third place with 857.00 total points, 533.50 coming from winter championships.
Florida climbs to fourth place with 748.50 points while Notre Dame is fifth with 743.