Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week
April 10, 2012
Erik Shoji - Stanford University
Senior, Libero, 6-0 (Honolulu, Hawai'i- Punahou High School)
Photo courtesy Don Feria/isiphotos.com
Erik Shoji, a 6-0 senior libero for No. 5 Stanford University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week. Shoji used his incredible defensive abilities to lead the Cardinal to three wins over teams ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top-15 Poll. After defeating No. 13 Pacific where he registered seven digs, he had his best match of the week three days later against No. 8 Long Beach State. He tallied 17 digs, which is tied for most this season in the nation for a three-set match. His defensive prowess helped Stanford on the offensive end, helping them to a .381 team hitting percentage. The Hawai'i native maintained his high level of play in their five-set win over Cal State Northridge the following day digging another 16 balls. The senior now leads the nation with five, 15-dig performances...no one else has more than three. Yesterday, Shoji was named the MPSF Player of the Week for his efforts. This is the 11th time a Stanford men's volleyball player has been named a Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week, with the most recent coming the week of February 14th of this year when Brad Lawson took home the honor. The Cardinal are coached by John Kosty.