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Two recruits committed for men's volleyball

(Photo by Savanna Sorensen/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – BYU men's volleyball has signed two new recruits - Shane Holdaway and Wil Stanley - BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead announced Thursday. 

"We are excited about the addition of Wil and Shane," Olmstead said. "Both are great volleyball players with outstanding character. These two athletes, along with the returned missionaries, will be valuable contributors to BYU volleyball."

Holdaway, a senior from Huntington Beach, Calif., plays middle blocker.

"Shane has shown some great potential and growth in his short time playing volleyball," Olmstead said. "He loves to learn and compete and that will help him while here at BYU."

During his time at high school, Holdaway has helped lead his team to the national championship title in each of the past two years, including winning 104-straight matches - a school record. Holdaway has also played club volleyball for the HBC, most recently collecting silver at the 18 Open in 2015.

Stanley comes to the Cougars from Honolulu, Hawai'i, and Punahou School.

"Wil is from a strong volleyball family which has nourished his love for the sport," Olmstead said. "His dad is a BYU graduate, and he's excited to follow that path set by his father."

Most recently, Stanley led his team as a setter/outside hitter combo to consecutive Punahou Varsity Division I state and ILH championships from 2013-15. Additionally, he has participated in several club teams - most recently taking first place in the 2015 Hawai'i Elite Southside 18s open. Stanley has also placed first in several sand volleyball tournaments throughout his high school career.

The two recruits will help replace the seven seniors BYU loses at the conclusion of the 2016 season.


Shane Holdaway

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Previous School: Huntington Beach High School
Position: Middle blocker
Height: 6-7

Before BYU:

High School:

  • Helped his team to the 2014 National Championship title
  • Helped his team to the 2015 National Championship title
  • Led his team to the 2014 state title
  • Led his team to the 2015 state title
  • Two-year varsity letterwinner
  • Named a 2014 and 2015 League Champion
  • Added to the All-League First Team in 2015
  • Added to the All-State Second Team in 2015
  • Helped his team to the all-time wins-in-a-row record at 104


  • Played for the HBC
  • Spent three years in the 18s Division
  • Collected bronze at the 18 Open in 2014
  • Collected silver at the 18 Open in 2015


Wil Stanley

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai'i 
Previous School: Punahou School
Position: Setter
Height: 6-4

Before BYU:

High School:

  • Led his team to consecutive Punahou Varsity Division I state and ILH championships from 2013-15
  • Named to the HHSAA Boys Division I State Tournament All-Tournament Team in 2015
  • Named a 2014 All-State First Team selection
  • Named a 2014 All-ILH Second Team selection
  • Placed first in the 2014 Aloha Region Sand Tournament
  • Placed first in the 2014 Duke's Ocean Fest Beach Volleyball Championships


  • Played for the 2015 Hawai'i Elite Southside 18s Open, taking first place
  • Played for the 2014 Outrigger 17s team, placing first
  • Took fifth place on the 2013 Outrigger 16s team

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