Setter Kawika Shoji will act as team captain as the U.S. Men’s National Team heads into the World League Championships in June. Shoji takes the reigns from Olympic captain David Lee, who is taking the season off.
Shoji previously was captain for the 2012 Pan American Cup team, which won gold. He also was part of the U.S.A. team which won gold at the 2014 World League Championships and 2015 FIVB World Cup and bronze at the 2015 World Championships and 2016 Olympics.
A two-time All-American at Stanford and the 2010 AVCA Player of the Year, Shoji made his national team debut at the 2012 Pan Am Cup and played his first major senior national team competition at the 2013 World League Championships. Shoji led his Lokomotiv Nobosibirsk team to the Russian Super League bronze medal in 2017.
Kawika is the brother of U.S. libero Erik Shoji, and son of long time Hawai’i women’s coach Dave Shoji.
The Shojis are two of the 18 players named to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster ahead of the World League Championships, which begin June 2.