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Erik Shoji


Erik Shoji

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Birth Year: 1989
Position: Libero
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160 lbs
College: Stanford
Joined Team: 2013

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2015 – NORCECA Champions Cup. 2014 – FIVB World Championship... FIVB World League (Gold Medal)... World Championship Qualifier (Gold medal). 2013 NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal)... FIVB World League. 2011 World University Games. 2009 – FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship. 2008 – NORCECA Continental Championship (Bronze Medal). 2007 – FIVB Youth World Championships in Baja, Calif. and Mexico. 2006 – NORCECA Continental Championships, Dominican Republic (Silver Medal)

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2015 – Named Best Receiver at NORCECA Champions Cup. 2014 – Started every set of the World League Final Round where the U.S. Men won the gold medal... Named tournament MVP, Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver at the NORCECA World Championship Qualifier. 2013 – Started all 13 sets of the NORCECA Championship and finished with 26 digs... Started all 39 sets of the FIVB World League and led all players in pool play with 118 digs... Played the winter of 2013-13 for CV Mitteldeutschland in Germany's top league. 2011 – Competed for the United States at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China… The U.S. finished 12th, though it posted a 5-3 record. 22009 – Was a member of the Men’s Junior National Team that finished eighth at the FIVB Junior World Championship in Pune, India.  2008 – Member of the Men's Junior National Team that took bronze at the NORCECA Continental Championships in El Salvador. Named Best Passer, Best Defender, and Best Libero of the Tournament. 2007 – Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that competed in the FIVB World Championships in Baja, Calif. and Mexico. Named Best Defender and Best Libero. 2006 – Member of the Boys' Youth National Team that took silver in the NORCECA Continental Championships in the Dominican Republic

CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Four-time all-state first-team selection while playing for Punahou School in Honolulu ... Two-time All-America selection. 2008 – Interscholastic League of Honolulu player of the year. 2006 – Olympic all-tournament 17s choice for the runner-up Outrigger Canoe Volleyball Club of Honolulu.

COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Became the first four-time first-team All-America in the history of AVCA honors... Named AVCA first-team All-America... Made his first All-MPSF first team and named to the MPSF All-Tournament team… Finished as collegiate record-holder in career digs, with 1,402, which also is the most in Stanford history, including the sideout era... Set Stanford career records for digs per set (3.16) and in sets played (443)... Received the Biff Hoffman Award as the school's Outstanding Male Senior, by the Stanford Athletic Board. 2011 – Earned a third AVCA first-team All-America honor, becoming just the second Stanford player to do so... Set a Stanford record for career digs (1,098) for all eras while recording the third-best single-season dig total for a Cardinal player (286) in the rally-scoring era... Named to the All-MPSF second team and the MPSF All-Academic team. 2010 – Earned his second consecutive AVCA first-team All-America honor... First-team choice by Volleyball Magazine... Led MPSF, and was fourth in the nation, in digs per game (3.46). 2009 – The AVCA's national Newcomer of the Year for 2009... AVCA first-team All-American ... Erik and brother Kawikia became the first brothers ever to earn first-team honors in the same yea ... Set the unofficial national record for digs in a season, with 447 (the NCAA began to keep official records in 2009)... National Leader in digs (447) and digs per set (3.92)... Named to All-MPSF second team and All-MPSF freshmen team.

PERSONAL: Born Erik Thomas Shoji in 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii... Parents are Dave and Mary Shoji... Has a brother, Kawika (1987) and a sister Cobey (1979)... Kawika is also on the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team as a setter… Father is University of Hawaii women's volleyball coach and has won four national titles in 34 seasons... Mother played basketball at Hawaii... Began playing volleyball in 1998 with Outrigger Canoe Club... Erik graduated from Punahou School in 2008... While playing for Stanford, Erik had a "kick set" featured on ESPN's Plays of the Week... Favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird... Favorite food is sushi... Favorite athletes are Marat Safin and Serena Williams.

Updated May 2013

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