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Stanford trio on Pac-12 All-Century men's volleyball

 

Stanford is represented by three players on the Pac-12 All-Century Men's Volleyball roster, which was revealed by the Pac-12 Networks on 'Pac-12 Sports Report' Monday night. The list includes 12 Olympians and seven national player of the year winners.

Representing the Cardinal on the 16-member squad, which was broken down by setters (4), middle blockers (4), outside hitters (7) and libero (1), are Scott Fortune (1985-87, 89), Mike Lambert (1993-95, 97) and Erik Shoji (2009-12).


The roster, compiled as part of the Pac-12's centennial celebration, was chosen from a field of players nominated by each Pac-12 institution. Voting was conducted by a panel of former and current head coaches.

Fortune was a four-time All-American, earning first-team accolades three times (1986, 1987, 1989). He led Stanford to an NCAA runner-up finish in 1989 after helping the Cardinal earn the Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Association title.

He was a three-time All-WIVA member, earning first-team honors in 1987 and 1989, and holds the Stanford record for career digs in the sideout scoring era (976). Fortune also ranks third all-time at Stanford in blocks (402) and sixth in the sideout scoring era in kills (1,409). He was a member of the U.S. National Team and was a three-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996), winning a gold medal with the U.S. in 1988.

Fortune is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Lambert was a three-time All-American, collecting first-team honors in 1995. He led Stanford to the 1997 NCAA national championship and was named the tournament MVP. Lambert also helped Stanford win three MPSF titles (1993, 1994, 1997) and was named to the first team All-MPSF (1994, 1995, 1997). He ranks second in career kills at Stanford (2,083), fourth all-time at Stanford in career aces (112) and fourth in the sideout scoring era in blocks (373).

Lamber was a 1996 Olympian and is a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.

Shoji was the first four-time, first-team All-American in AVCA history. He helped lead the Cardinal to the 2010 NCAA title and was named to the all-tournament team that season after helping Stanford win the 2010 MPSF title. He was the 2009 AVCA Freshman of the Year, a two-time MPSF All-Tournament Team (2010, 2012) selection and four-time All-MPSF honoree, earning first-team honors in 2012.

Shoji finished his career as the collegiate recordholder for digs (1,402). He is currently the starting libero for the U.S. National Team, which he helped qualify for the berth in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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