Erik Shoji ’12 and Kawika Shoji ’10 have been named to the U.S. squad for the World League, an annual competition of national teams. The Shojis will play for the full national team together for the first time tonight in Wichita, Kan., when the U.S. plays Argentina in the first of a weekend pair.The matches will be aired on a tape-delayed basis on June 11-12, each at 9 p.m. PT on NBCSN.The brothers of Honolulu combined for seven All-America honors at Stanford and teamed to lead the Cardinal to the 2010 NCAA title.
Kawika, a setter, was the 2010 AVCA National Player of the Year and Erik, a libero, was the first to earn four first-team All-America honors from the AVCA.Kawika made his U.S. national team debut in July 2012 at the Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic, but this is his first major international competition for the senior national team. He spent the winter leading his German team, Berlin Recycling Volleys, to the Bundesliga championship.
Erik is making his U.S. national-team debut. He also has played on U.S. youth and junior national teams, including at the 2011 World University Games in China. He recently completed his first professional season, with CV Mitteldeutschland of the German Bundesliga.The U.S. will play 10 matches in the World League opening round, including in Reno, Nev., on June 28-29 against Bulgaria at the Reno Events Center.