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Kawika Shoji


Kawika Shoji

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Birth Year: 1987
Height: 6-3 (198cm)
Weight: 194 (88kg)
College: Stanford
Joined Team: 2010

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – FIVB World League. 2012 – Pan American Cup (Gold Medal). 2011 – World University Games… Pan American Cup (Silver Medal). 2007 – FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship (7th). 2006 – NORCECA Men’s Junior Championship (Silver Medal). 2004 – NORCECA Boys’ Youth Championship (Gold Medal).

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Played in 23 out of 39 World League sets. Scored 23 points on 12 kills, five blocks and five aces. Credited with 151 running sets… Played the winter of 2012-13 for the Berlin Recycling Volleys and helped them win the German league title. 2012 – Served as team captain for the U.S. Pan American Cup team that won the gold medal in Santo Dominco, Dominican Republic… Finished second among all setters with 55 running sets and one fault on 391 attempts (3.06 sets per set). 2011 – Served as the team captain for the United States at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, where the U.S. team placed 12th. Kawika competed in 27 sets and started 22. He finished with 20 points on six kills, 11 block and one ace. He had five blocks in the five-set loss to Czech Republic... Kawika competed with the U.S. A2 Team at the Pan American Cup in Quebec. The U.S. placed second to Brazil. Kawika played in 11 sets and started two. He scored four points on one kill, two blocks and one ace.  2007 – Was the libero for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team that finished seventh at the FIVB World Championship in Casablanca & Rabat, Morocco. 2006 – Was the starting setter for the U.S. Men’s Junior Team that finished second to Cuba at the NORCECA Continental Championship in Monterrey, Mexico. 2005 – A member of the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team. 2004 – Was named Best Setter at the NORCECA Boys’ Youth Continental Championship as the U.S. won the gold medal in Mexico City.

CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Lettered four years in volleyball and golf and three years in basketball at Iolani School in Honolulu... Four-time Junior National Championship all-tournament choice with the Outrigger Canoe Volleyball Club... Honolulu Advertiser co-state player of the year with Jordan Inafuku in 2004... Three-time all-state selection... Won state volleyball title as a sophomore... Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year in 2004... Three-time all-league selection... Honolulu Advertiser co-State Player of the Year in basketball for the 2005-06 season... Second-team all-state in golf...

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2010 – Named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year for NCAA Division I-II as he led Stanford to the NCAA National Championship match where it defeated Penn State… AVCA All American First Team… Co-Most Outstanding Player along with teammate Brad Lawson at the NCAA tournament, also on the All-Tournament Team… All-MPSF First Team… Competed in 30 matches and 105 sets at setter for Stanford… Finished the season with 162 points on 93 kills (0.415 hitting percentage), 31 aces (0.31 per set), 11 solo blocks and 54 block assists (0.62 blocks per set)… Kawika was also credited with 1,455 assists (13.86 per set). 2009 – AVCA first-team All-American... Along with brother Erik, became Stanford's first first-team selection since 2005... The Shojis became the first brothers ever to earn first-team honors in the same year... Also named first-team All-American by Volleyball Magazine... ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American... Set school season record for assists in the rally-scoring era (since 2001) with 1,394, breaking the mark held by Kevin Hansen... Named to All-MPSF first-team... Ranked 11th in nation in assists per set with 12.56. 2008 – AVCA second-team All-America honors, becoming Stanford's first All-American since Olympic gold medalist Kevin Hansen in 2005 and the school's 17th overall... Also named to All-MPSF second team and MPSF All-Academic team. 2007 – All-MPSF honorable mention selection... Averaged 6.92 assists per set... Led team with 180 digs, third in kills (182) and fourth in blocks (46)... Often started at opposite hitter.

PERSONAL: Born Kawika Shoji in 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii… Parents are Dave and Mary Shoji... Has a brother, Erik (1989) and a sister Cobey (1979)... Erik is also on the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team as a libero… Father is University of Hawaii women's volleyball coach and has won four national titles in 34 seasons... Mother played basketball at Hawaii...  Kawika graduated from Stanford in 2010 with a degree in political science... His hobbies include surfing, ping pong, playing pool and hanging out at the beach.

Updated May 2013

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