Erik Shoji


Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Birth Year: 1989
Position: Libero
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 160 lbs (73 kg)
College: Stanford (human biology; '12) 
Joined Team: 2013

  • Named Best Libero as the U.S. Men won the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
  • Started every set of the 2014 World League Final Round where the U.S. Men won the gold medal
  • Became the first four-time first-team All-America in the history of AVCA honors
  • Named Best Receiver at 2015 NORCECA Champions Cup
  • Named tournament MVP, Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver at the 2014 NORCECA World Championship Qualifier
  • Started all 39 sets of the 2013 FIVB World League and led all players in pool play with 118 digs
  • Has played professionally in Germany
  • While at Stanford, Erik and brother Kawika became the first brothers ever to earn AVCA all-America first-team honors in the same year 
  • While playing for Stanford, had a "kick set" featured on ESPN's Plays of the Week
  • Set the unofficial national record for digs in a season (2008), with 447 (the NCAA began to keep official records in 2009)
  • Competed for the United States at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China
  • Member of the Men's Junior National Team that took bronze at the NORCECA Continental Championships in El Salvador and was named Best Passer, Best Defender, and Best Libero of the Tournament
  • Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that took silver in the NORCECA Continental Championships in the Dominican Republic
  • Graduated from Punahou School in 2008. Won three consecutive state titles with the school before losing in the finals to Iolani in 2008
  • Two-time, all-state tennis player at Punahau and won the 2007 state doubles title
  • Member of 17s runner-up Outrigger Canoe Volleyball Club in 2006 and named to all-tournament team
  • Parents are Dave and Mary Shoji. Dave has been women's volleyball coach at the University of Hawaii for more than 40 years and is the winningest coach in NCAA DI women's volleyball history. Mary played basketball at the University of Hawaii
  • Older brother Kawika also played volleyball for Stanford and also plays on the U.S. Men's National Team. The brothers also have an older sister named Cobey
  • He majored in human biology at Stanford and hopes to be a doctor

Updated October, 2015

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