Erik Shoji became the first player in the 22 years of American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America selections to be named to the first team all four seasons of his collegiate career.
Shoji, a libero from Honolulu, was one of three Stanford seniors named to AVCA All-America teams, joining three-time first-team choice Brad Lawson and second-team setter Evan Barry, who becomes the 23rd All-America in program history
Only 1988 Olympic gold medalist Scott Fortune and future beach star Matt Fuerbringer were four-time All-Americans among Stanford players. But no Cardinal had received first-team honors all four years, whether from the AVCA or another organization.
"He's the greatest libero in collegiate volleyball history," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "He owns every record, he's the only four-time first-team All-America. He's incredible."
Thursday, Lawson had 17 kills, and Eric Mochalski served an ace on the sixth match point to give Stanford a 25-21, 17-25, 25-19, 35-33 victory over BYU in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at USC.
The Cardinal, the No. 3-ranked team and No. 2 seed in the tournament, advances to the final Saturday at 7 p.m.
He was also the Pac-12's men's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year this season. Senior guard Jorge Gutierrez received the Defensive Player of the Year award for the fourth straight year.