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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stanford's Kawika Shoji named national volleyball Player of the Year

Advertiser Staff

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Kawika Shoji

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Stanford senior setter Kawika Shoji, a 2006 'Iolani School graduate, has been named the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Men's Division I-II National Player of the Year.

Shoji, who is from Honolulu, was honored at the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship Banquet last night on the campus of Stanford University, where the menıs final four will be played.

Shoji led the Cardinal to a 22-6 record, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season and tournament titles and the No. 1 seed in the national semifinals. Stanford plays Ohio State today, with Cal State Northridge and Penn State meeting in the other semifinal.

Last week, Shoji was named to the AVCA All-America first team for the second year in a row. He was a second-team All-American in 2008 and has received All-MPSF honors for four years.

Shoji ranked among the nation's leaders this season with 13.78 assists and 2.46 digs per game while helping the Cardinal secure the countryıs best team hitting percentage at .352.

He holds Stanford's single-season record for assists after the rally scoring era (1,394). During his four-year career, in which he led the Cardinal from a 3-25 record as a freshman to a national title contender this year, Shoji amassed 4,376 assists, 796 digs, 452 kills and 104 service aces.

Shoji is just the second Cardinal to be named AVCA National Player of the Year, with Canyon Ceman earning the honor in 1993.

Shoji is the son of University of Hawai'i women's volleyball coach Dave Shoji and Mary Shoji.