Shoji Makes ESPN Plays of the Day

April 08, 2009, 11:20 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 8, 2009) – Libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu), a player in USA Volleyball’s high performance pipeline and at Stanford University, received national attention on Wednesday for an amazing play he made Saturday (April 4) in a match against UC San Diego.

Shoji’s “kick assist” for teammate Brad Lawson, another USA Volleyball high performance athlete, made ESPN’s Plays of the Day on Wednesday’s SportsCenter.

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Shoji was named best passer, defender, and libero at the 2008 NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship in El Salvador, where the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team won the bronze medal.

Shoji was named best defender and best libero at the 2007 FIVB Boys’ Youth World Championships in Tijuana, Mexico. He was also on the 2006 Boys’ Youth National Team.

Lawson was on the U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team in 2006-07 and on the Men’s Junior National Team in 2008. Both players are on the 2009 Men’s Junior National Training Team.

According to a Stanford press release, Shoji is leading the nation in digs with 377, and is two away from Stanford's single-season record for digs set by three-time Olympian Scott Fortune in 1986.