Congrats to Erik Shoji, MVP of world qualifier tourney


The U.S. Men’s National Team held off a scrappy Guatemala squad, 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 on Sunday to win the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Third-Round Pool O Tournament at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

With the victory, the U.S. Men (4-0) qualified for the 2014 FIVB World Championship on Aug. 30-Sept. 21 in Poland. Guatemala (2-2) will compete in a final qualifier against second-place teams from other NORCECA qualifying tournaments. In the third-place match, St. Lucia (1-3) defeated Haiti (1-3), 15-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 15-12.

U.S. libero Erik Shoji (Honolulu, Hawaii) was named tournament MVP, Best Libero, Best Digger and Best Receiver. Lee was named the tournament’s Best Blocker along with his teammate, middle blocker Dan McDonnell (Glendale, Ariz.). Outside hitter Taylor Sander (Huntington Beach, Calif.) won Best Server and outside hitter Aaron Russell took Best Spiker.


  1. Tiki808 May 19, 2014 12:47 pm

    I’ve been thinking with all these news on Shoji’s, there is a song you might want to hear. Why don’t you play it sometime? The Jets, “You got it all. It helps!

  2. Tiki808 May 19, 2014 1:15 pm

    Actually, if I am not mistaken, Poland is gaining in size and strength since the turn of the 20th century and their involvement with Germany in WWII. Military that it? If short historical facts of some of the teams.

  3. Cubicle1126 May 19, 2014 2:30 pm

    congrats to erik shoji !

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