- Pallavolo Padova
- United States
- Birth Date
- Birth Place
- Hawaii, USA
- 190 cm
- 79 kg
Setter Kawika Shoji is the oldest son in the volleyball-famous Shoji family. The setter (190cm, 79kg) played alongside his younger brother, Erik at Stanford University before graduating in 2010. Shoji’s father, Dave, is head coach of the four-time NCAA Champions, Hawaii’s women’s volleyball team.
Shoji’s versatility and in-depth knowledge of the game lists him among the elite. He has played both libero and setter at the collegiate, club and national levels. Kawika was the libero for the 2007 U.S. Junior National Team, finishing seventh at the FIVB World Championship in Morocco. One year prior, he was the starting setter for the U.S. Junior National Team, finishing second at the NORCECA Continental Championship in Monterrey, Mexico.
Shoji was named 2010 AVCA Player of the Year for NCAA Division I-II, leading Stanford to an NCAA Championship title. Shoji’s senior season decorated him with honors such as AVCA All-American First-Team, Co-Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Tournament and All-MPSF First –Team.
In 2011, Shoji played for the US at the World University Games and the Pan American Cup. He became a full-time member of the senior U.S. Men's National Team in 2013. He was a member of the team that won the 2014 FIVB World League gold medal.
Shoji was born in 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he played for the Outrigger Canoe Volleyball Club. He played the winter of 2011-12, 12-13 and 13-14 for the Berlin Recycling Volleys in Germany and helped them to league championships each year.