Stanford's Enriques earns national award as the top libero


Stanford sophomore Evan Enriques has been named the winner of the Erik Shoji Award as the nation's top libero in men's college volleyball.

Off the Block made the announcement on Thursday, the newest college men's volleyball national award.

The Erik Shoji Award is named after the former four-time Stanford All-American libero and is given to the nation's best libero in NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball during the regular season.

Enriques was in the nation's top 10 and had a MPSF-best 2.59 digs per game average during the regular season. The Stanford second-year starter also had double-digit digs in eight conference matches, including a career-high 18 digs against Long Beach State in February.

The Cardinal ended the regular season in the top four of the MPSF and narrowly missed the final at-large bid to the six-team NCAA Tournament.

Enriques received seven first-place votes and 33 points to beat-out the runner-up IPFW libero Luis Bertan by nine points. In addition, Hawai'i libero Kolby Kanetake finished in third place with 21 points.

A 26-person nationwide committee comprised of coaches and volleyball media members voted for the Erik Shoji Award. The top three vote-getters were named finalists for this national award.

Off the Block is a national award winning college men's volleyball website that launched in January 2011.

Men's soccer

Charles Rodriguez, a 2011 NSCAA First Team All-American and team captain at Charlotte, has been added to the Stanford men's soccer staff as a volunteer assistant coach, Jeremy Gunn announced Thursday.

Rodriguez, who played for Gunn with the 49ers and captained the squad that advanced to the 2011 College Cup Championship match, spent the past three seasons on staff at Xavier.

Last season, the Musketeers won 12 games, rose to No. 10 in the NSCAA rankings and won on the road at both No. 1 Creighton and No. 2 Notre Dame. In 2014, Xavier experienced the greatest season in school history, breaking program records for wins (15), shutouts (11) and team goals against average (0.84). Rodriguez and the XU staff were recognized as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year and Xavier was among the final 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Musketeers finished 2013 campaign 10-7-2 overall and tied for second in conference.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Off the Block

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