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American Volleyball Coaches Association
Kawika Shoji - Stanford University
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2010) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce that Stanford University setter Kawika Shoji has been named 2010 AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Year.
The presentation was made at the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet on the campus of Stanford University
in Palo Alto, Calif.
The banquet was held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship, to be played May 6 and 8 at Maples Pavilion on Stanford's
Shoji, a native of Honolulu, Hawai'i, played an integral role in leading Stanford to a 22-6 record, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season and tournament titles and the No. 1 seed heading into this weekend's NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship semifinals, where it will face-off against No. 4 seed Ohio State.
In addition to being named AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Year, Shoji
is now a three-time AVCA All-American, having garnered First-Team honors for the past two seasons and Second-Team laurels in 2008.
also earned All-MPSF honors a quartet of times and holds the Cardinal's single-season record for assists after the rally scoring era (1,394).
four years in a Stanford uniform, Shoji
has accumulated 4,376 assists, 796 digs, 452 kills and 104 service aces, while leading the Cardinal from a 3-25 record as a freshman to a national contender in 2010.
The senior sat among the nation's elite in several statistical categories in 2010, with his
13.78 assists and 2.46 digs per game averages ranking among the top in the country.
The Cardinal's leader on the floor, Shoji also helped the Stanford offense secure the nation's best team hitting percentage (.352).
becomes just the second Cardinal to be named AVCA National Player of the Year, as Canyon Ceman was the last Stanford player to earn the distinction at the culmination of the 1993 season.
Stanford Men's Volleyball: Kawika ...
Stanford Men's Volleyball: Kawika Shoji '06 returns to face UH
April 12, 2007 Kawika Shoji - Honolulu AdvertiserKawika Shoji
'06, the 2004 Hawaii State Player of the Year in Volleyball, returns home as a member of the Stanford
Men's Volleyball team to take on the Hawaii Warriors this weekend in their final two matches of the MPSF regular season. Stanford
comes in with a record 3-23 overall and is currently in last place in the MPSF (2-18).They have tallied two wins over UC San Diego
and one against Quincy and in their most recent games, took both Pepperdine
to four games.
team has struggled, Kawika
, while not satisfied, remains optimistic about the future of the program.
The influx of new talent and familiar faces will hopefully lead to more wins as well as allow Kawika
to move back to his
familiar spot at setter, the position at which he
started this season.
new position, Kawika
is averaging 1.69 kills per game and hitting .247 with 1.73 digs and 0.48 blocks.
Volleyball's island import - The Stanford Daily Online
However, Stanford's hard luck seemed to take a turn for the better with the signing of current freshman outside hitter and setter Kawika Shoji from Iolani High School in Honolulu. Kawika is the son of Dave Shoji, the famed head coach of the University of Hawaii's women's team.
has been a good coach and a good dad," Kawika
gives me pointers when I need them.He
has been very encouraging and positive and helpful."
volleyball pedigree, Kawika
didn't devote all of his
time to volleyball.He
played basketball and golf in high school as well. His
mother, Mary is a former basketball player for Hawaii, and inspired Kawika's basketball game.The 2006 Hawaii Player of the Year in basketball, he
helped lead his
team to three consecutive state championships, making five in a row for Iolani
Any other state Player of the Year would probably be arrogant or boastful.But Kawika
insists that there were plenty of other basketball players as good as or better than him and that he
was granted the award by default because of his
team's state championship.
"[Kawika has] a really good leadership quality," said sophomore middle blocker Brandon Williams.
experience in all three sports with making him the kind of player he
is on the court.
"Golf helped me become mentally stronger for my other sports," said Kawika
, who had a 75 average and was ranked in the top ten of his
high school league."You need that mental toughness to play all sports."Despite Stanford losing all three of its matches at the Elephant Bar Invitational this past weekend, Kawika proved to be a superior competitor and strong team leader in his first games as a college player.Kawika got his start as a setter at ten years old with the Outrigger Canoe club team, where he played through high school.
Founded and coached by his
father during the offseason of the women's college schedule, the club became a beacon for high level players.
..."Kawika was kind of the ringleader of that whole group," explained assistant coach Ken Shibuya.
They all played together even though they went to different high schools ... Kawika
is such a charismatic leader.Once he
made a choice to attend school here, they all tended to follow the leader."
"We grew up playing on the same team," said Kawika
Shoji Swings Into A New Season | Keeping Score | Midweek.com
Kawika Shoji: from team sports to an individual sport
...Kawika Shoji: from team sports
The last time we saw Kawika Shoji
was helping his Iolani
"One Team" hoist the championship trophy at the Hawaii High School Athletic Association
boys basketball state tournament.The trophy marked the fifth straight state title for the Raiders
and the third time that Kawika
has been an integral part of the team.
During this year's tourney, Kawika
scored in double figures in three straight Iolani victories and was deservedly named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
"Everyone on the team was focusing on improving every day," Kawika
And true to that philosophy, Kawika
didn't spend much time resting on his
"(Afterwards), the whole team came over to my house and we watched the replay into the early morning hours," he
recalls."It was pretty mellow, actually."
Perhaps the celebration had to be mellow out of necessity.That's because Kawika
was already moving on to his
next sport.For the fourth straight year, he's a member of Iolani's ILH championship golf team.
On the Monday following the Friday night basketball title game, Kawika
would need to be ready for the first ILH golf tournament of the season.
"I hadn't played (golf) for weeks," he
says."I practiced Saturday, chipping and putting, and then I played three holes for fun on Sunday."
went out on Monday at Waikele and accomplished something that must be considered quite remarkable.
"I shot a 75," he
says."I was pleasantly surprised."
Moving seamlessly from one sports season to another is something with which Kawika
has some experience.For the past four years at Iolani
has played volleyball, basketball and golf at the highest competitive level.As a volleyball star, he
helped lead Iolani to a state title as a sophomore and state runner-up this year.He was also a member of the Outrigger Club team that won a national title this past summer.
Because of his
exceptional volleyball talent, he's
accepted a scholarship to play for Stanford next year.
"Competitive Division I program, amazing education," he
says of his
says the adjustment from basketball to golf is much tougher than the transition from volleyball to basketball.
"(In basketball), if I don't have my shot, I can still rely on my quickness and athletic ability," he
loved it enough to fashion a personal-best round of one-under par, and last season he
was named all-ILH second team.
But to this day Kawika Shoji
, who has been all-state in both volleyball and basketball, and who has a chance to earn an unprecedented third sport all-state accolade this golf season, can't pick his
"I never loved one sport over another," he
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Towson Catholic 59 - Iolani 44 Donte Greene (21) of Towson Catholic puts up a one-handed jumper against Iolani's Kawika Shoji (25).