Hanson brings her assistant coach on board at Stanford

Stanford softball coach Rachel Hanson didn't have to look very far for her first assistant coach. She hired her former assistant at Dartmouth to accompany her to Stanford.

Dorian Shaw, a Michigan grad, was formally named assistant coach on Thursday.

Shaw helped lead the Big Green to its first Ivy League Championship in program history with an 18-2 conference record.

Prior to assisting Hanson at Dartmouth, Shaw spent one season as the top assistant at George Mason.

"I'm thrilled to bring Dorian with me, as she'll bring a passion for the game, a great competitive background and a unique ability to connect with Stanford softball players both present and future," said Hanson. "She also brings a familiarity with my systems, which will allow us to jump right in to the coaching side at Stanford."

Shaw had an outstanding collegiate career at Michigan where she hit .315 with 58 home runs, 178 runs and was a two-time NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection.

She earned All-America second team, NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team and All-Big Ten second team honors during her junior year.

Among her many accomplishments, Shaw matched Michigan's single-season home run record with 21 and drove in 60 RBI during her junior season.

As a senior, she was a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year and Lowe's Senior Class Award.

Shaw was the fourth overall selection in the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft by the Chicago Bandits.

Women's volleyball

The United States women's senior national team dropped a 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 decision to Russia in Pool A to open Group 1 matches in the FIVB World Grand Prix at the Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara, Turkey on Friday.

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo led the Americans with 17 points on 13 kills and four blocks. Cardinal grad Alix Klineman recorded a service ace.

Women's rugby

Palo Alto High and Stanford grad Jocelyn Tseng started for the United States Women's Eagles rugby team Friday as the Americans opened play at the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris with a 23-17 loss to Ireland.

The U.S. will look to rebound in pool play against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

"Ireland has the best maul in the world, and it really showed today," said Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg. "Penalties really hurt us throughout the match and that is something that we will need to change."

Men's volleyball

Stanford sophomore Kevin Rakestraw and the U.S. Men's Junior National Team downed Mexico, 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-11, at the U21 NORCECA Men's Continental Championships on Thursday to claim second place of Pool C.

On Friday, the Americans qualified to the semifinals with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 win over El Salvador.

The United States will play in Saturday's semifinal against Canada.

Beach volleyball

Friday morning at the $800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam in Austria began with the women's round of 16, which saw one major upset and the lower-seeded team advancing to the quarterfinals in the other seven matches.

Germany's Karla Borger and Britta Buthe upset USA's top-seeded April Ross and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings in three sets, 21-18, 16-21 and 15-10 in 46 minutes.

— Stanford Athletics


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