Jordan Ewert’s Career-High 21 Kills Leads #10 Stanford Past Pepperdine

  0 Braden Keith | January 21st, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News

Match Stats

  • #10 Stanford Cardinal def. #7 Pepperdine Waves 3-1 (29-27, 25-16, 13-25, 26-24)
  • Stanford moves to 4-2 (1-0 MPSF); Pepperdine falls to 2-2 (0-1 MPSF)
  • Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, California
  • Attendance: 678
  • Match Stats

The 10th-ranked Stanford Cardinal knocked off the 7th-ranked Pepperdine Waves on Friday in Malibu.

The first set was worthy of a top-10 matchup, with the two teams trading points all the way to 29-27, with a Gabriel Vega kill finally putting the frame away. The opener was highlighted by 8 Jordan Ewert kills (all of which came before the two teams passed 25 points) – en route to a career-high 21 in the game.

The second set was all Stanford, led by another 9 kills from Ewert. The Cardinal led by as much as 23-13 before going on to win 25-16.

The 6’4″ sophomore outside hitter cooled off considerably in the 3rd set. He picked up a kill on the opening point there, but wouldn’t score another point – though he did have 5 of his 10 attack errors. Pepperdine took advantage of 9 attack errors by the Cardinal and won the last 4 points to pick up their a set 25-13.

In the 4th set, which would ultimately prove to be the final set, the two teams again fought back and forth. The two teams were tied at 19-19 (with Ewert remaining in a slump), before Stanford ran off three-straight points to take a 22-19 lead. Pepperdine, though, pulled back 4 points to take a lead at 23-22.

Ewert got back on his game at just the right moment. He scored 2 kills and 1 block in the Cardinal’s last 5 points, including assisting a block with Stephen Moye for the win.

Ewert has 77 kills this season through 6 games. That’s already well past 50% of his 2016 total (where he played 25 games).

Kevin Rakestraw had 11 kills for the Cardinal on a .556 hitting percentage. Two Stanford pllayers, Evan Enriques and Paul Bischoff, had double digit kills as part of 46 in the game.

Pepperdine was led offensively by Michael Wexter (13 kills, .167 percentage) and David Wieczorek (12 kills, .222 percentage)



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