Team USA Captain, Outside Hitter Discuss Team Roles, Olympic Games

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 16th, 2017 | International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, U.S. Men's National Team

United States men’s national team players Kawika Shoji and Taylor Sander talk ambitions, contributions and Team USA in this back and forth interview with FIVB.

Shoji, the setter and newly-minted team captain, shares about his new responsibilities, including public speaking and press conferences, and the family atmosphere on the squad,

Sander, an outside hitter, talks about his drive to be the best he can be for his team on all sides of the ball and his time at the 2016 Olympics.

The pair, which are two of six members of the bronze medal Olympic team on the World League roster, also talk about leaving team physio Aaron Brock sleeping  on the bus at the airport during this summer’s World League jaunt.

Along with Shoji and Sander, setter Micah Christenson, outside Thomas Jaeschke, libero Erik Shoji and middle blocker David Smith return from the 2016 Rio squad.

Get to know these two members of Team USA better below.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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