Shoji brothers named to U.S. World Cup volleyball team


Stanford grads Kaika Shoji and Erik Shoji were each named to the U.S. men's national volleyball team preliminary roster for the FIVB World Cup on Thursday.

The roster also includes three-time USA Volleyball Player of the Year Matt Anderson, 2015 FIVB World League Best Middle Blocker Max Holt and 2014 World League MVP Taylor Sander.

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The FIVB World Cup occurs every four years in the year prior to the Olympic Games. This year, the top two placing teams will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The competition will take place beginning Sept. 8 in various cities in Japan.

"Qualifying for the Olympic Games is our top priority," John Speraw said. "We have been working this season to reach our peak at World Cup."

A roster of 14 players, including two liberos, will be picked from the preliminary roster.

Five Olympians are on the preliminary roster for World Cup, including 2008 gold medalist, 2012 Olympian and middle blocker David Lee. Also on the roster are 2012 Olympians Anderson (opposite), Paul Lotman (outside hitter), Russell Holmes (middle blocker) and David Smith (middle blocker).

The roster also includes all 14 players who were on the World League team that placed third at the 2015 Final Round in Rio de Janeiro.

The Americans host world No. 1 Brazil in four exhibition matches, beginning with a 7 p.m. contest Sunday at Long Beach State.

The U.S. and Brazil also meet Tuesday night at San Diego, Wednesday night at USC and next Saturday night at UC Irvine.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA volleyball

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Posted by Stacy
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on Aug 25, 2015 at 2:59 am

Japan vs Russia match was awesome...such a close match right down to the wire. I am watching it via PureVPN subscription

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