Relive 2011-2012 seasons for all 35 Stanford sports.
Honors and awards for the 2011-12 season
The final category's nominees are set and voting continues until 8 p.m. Sunday on Facebook
Thursday's ceremony was held at Burnham Pavilion
Ellis, Lawson, Shoji receive third such honor
As a Senior in 2012: Became the first four-time first-team All-America inthe history of AVCA honors ... named AVCA first-team All-America ... made his first All-MPSF first team ... also named to the MPSF All-Tournament team ... named AVCA and MPSF Player of the Week on April 9 after performances of 17 and 16 digs in victories over Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge, respectively ... the 17 digs came in a three-set match, making it the second-highest total in Stanford history ... finished as collegiate record-holder in career digs, with 1,402, which also is the most in Stanford history, including the sideout era ... also holds Stanford career records for digs per set (3.16) and in sets played (443)... led MPSF in digs per set and was third in the country for the 2012 season, at 2.69 ... owns the top four season dig totals in school history ... season total of 304 digs is No. 3 at Stanford in the rally-scoring era ...had memorable dig on Senior Night against UCLA with a diving dig of a no-block overpass attack to set up a Stanford point (April 14) ... called "the greatest libero in collegiate volleyball history," by coach John Kosty ... was the recipient of the Biff Hoffman Award as the school's Outstanding Male Senior, by the Stanford Athletic Board.
As a Junior in 2011: Earned a third AVCA first-team All-America honor, becoming just the second Stanford player to do so ... played in all 28 matches ... set a Stanford record for career digs (1,098) for all eras while recording the third-best single-season dig total for a Cardinal player (286) in the rally-scoring era ... named to both the All-MPSF second team and the MPSF All-Academic team ... had 10 or more digs in 18 matches, including the first six of the season ... had a team-best 21 digs against Northridge (March 25) ... led the team in digs while ranking second in assists (58), behind only setter Evan Barry ... had 16 digs and seven assists in the season finale against Long Beach State (April 23).
As a Sophomore in 2010: Earned his second consecutive AVCA first-team All-America honor ... also a first-team choice by Volleyball Magazine ... led MPSF, and was fourth in the nation, in digs per game (3.46) ... had two-year digs per game average of 3.67 which is the highest career total in Stanford history by more than 1.0 ... second on the school career list in total digs (812) ... had 15 or more digs in nine matches ... led team with a total of 365 digs and in sets played, with 107 ... earned NCAA and MPSF All-Tournament honors ... selected to the All-MPSF second team ... also an MPSF All-Academic team selection ... received the Stanford Athletic Board's Block "S" Outstanding Male Sophomore Award ... joined brother, Kawika, on the cover of Volleyball Magazine ... had season-high 18 digs in victories over Pacific (Feb. 3) and at UC Irvine (April 24) ... served as the team's alternative setter on the court, with 83 assists, the second-highest on the team.
As a Freshman in 2009: The AVCA's national Newcomer of the Year for 2009 ... also an AVCA first-team All-American ... the Shojis became the first brothers ever to earn first-team honors in the same year ... set the unofficial national record for digs in a season, with 447 (the NCAA began to keep official records in 2009) ... national Leader in digs (447) and digs per set (3.92) ... named to All-MPSF second team and All-MPSF freshmen team ... of the nation's 11 individual 20-dig performances in 2009, Shoji had seven of them ... had a collegiate-best 26 digs in a four-set victory over No. 2 Pepperdine (Feb. 13) ... Shoji's kick assist at UC San Diego, in which he kicked a loose ball to Brad Lawson for a kill while sprawled on the ground, was No. 2 on ESPN SportsCenter's Plays of the Day (April 7) and No. 3 on its Plays of the Week (April 12) ... played in 31 matches and tied for second on team in sets played, with 114 ... recorded only kill on a one-armed stab of the ball in the backrow against Lewis (March 7) that went over net and fell in for a point.
International: Teamed with Brad Lawson and brother Kawika Shoji on the United States team at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, in August, 2011 ... had 11 digs against the Czech Republic ... the U.S. finished 12th, though it posted a 5-3 record ... joined Lawson on the U.S. team that reached the second round of the 2009 junior world championships in India ... named Best Defender and Best Libero at the 2007 youth world championships in Tijuana, Mexico, becoming the first U.S. player to receive such recognition ... named Best Passer, Defender, and Libero at junior NORCECA championships in El Salvador in 2008 while with the U.S. junior national team.
High School/Club: Regarded as the best defensive prospect in the nation from the class of 2008 ... four-time all-state first-team selection while playing for Punahou School in Honolulu ... streak of three consecutive state titles was stopped by Lawson's Iolani team in 2007-08 Division I final ... two-time All-America selection ... Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year for 2008 ... two-time all-state tennis player at Punahou, winning the 2007 state doubles title ... Junior Olympic all-tournament 17s choice in 2006 for the runner-up Outrigger Canoe Volleyball Club of Honolulu.
Personal: Son of Dave and Mary Shoji ... father is the longtime University of Hawai'i women's volleyball coach, who has won four national titles in 37 seasons ... sister Cobey was the director of operations for the Stanford women's volleyball program ... brother Kawika was a teammate at Stanford on the 2010 national championship team and is playing professionally in Europe ... mother, a native of Fargo, N.D., played basketball at Hawai'i.