Stanford Adds Two Sweeps to Their Record this Weekend

  0 Kenedy McGrath | January 28th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News

Match Stats

The Cardinals have had a great at home this week with two back-to-back sweeps against USC and Cal Baptist.

#8 Stanford dominated the Trojans on January 26, 2017 at Maples Pavilion in a 3 game sweep.

Freshman setter Paul Bischoff lead Stanford with 17 assists and helped the Cardinals reach a .304 as a team with only 9 hitting errors. USC only reached .070 attacking percentage and had 27 hitting errors in the match.

Middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw lead the Cardinals with 9 kills and had a season-best of 6 blocks. USC had 3 players that reached 8 kills.

As the Trojans work their new mid-season Brazilian addition Gianluca Grasso into the lineup, it hasn’t immediately swung their fates, but he did contribute 6 digs, 2 aces, and 2 kills coming off the bench.

Stanford gained their second sweep this week against Cal Baptist Friday night, January 27, 2017, at Maples Pavilion.

Sophomore Jordan Ewert had a match-high of 12 kills as well as 3 aces. Junior Evan Enriques played against his younger brother, Cal Baptist libero, and lead the Cardinals with 10 digs.

Jackson Burge and Enrique Garcia both lead Cal Baptist with 7 kills each but it wasn’t enough and left the team hitting .118 attacking percentage.

The Cardinals play CSUN (Friday, Feb. 3) and Long Beach State (Saturday, Feb. 4) next weekend.

Press Release

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – A balanced offense directed by freshman setter Paul Bischoff led the eighth-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 win over visiting USC, Thursday, in Maples Pavilion.

Bischoff finished with 17 assists as the Cardinal (5-2, 2-0 MPSF) hit .304 as a team, limiting itself to just nine attack errors in the match. USC (2-6, 1-4 MPSF) was held to a .070 attack percentage and amassed 27 hitting errors.

Redshirt junior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw led all players with nine kills on .615 hitting and a season-best six blocks. Redshirt senior Gabriel Vega added six kills, two aces and two blocks, while sophomore opposite Matt Klassen totaled five kills, four blocks, three digs and an ace.

Junior Kyle Dagostino came off the bench in all three sets to serve and stayed in to set, sparking the Cardinal offense down the stretch. The Tampa, Florida native finished with nine assists, two digs and a block.

Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Ewert, Stanford’s leading scorer, was limited to just four kills, but picked it up defensively with a match-high nine digs. Freshman middle blocker Stephen Moye racked-up five blocks, while freshman opposite Mason Tufuga added three kills on .333 hitting off the bench. Junior libero Evan Enriques recorded six digs and two assists.
USC had three players tally eight kills to lead the Trojans, including Andy Benesh who hit .615. Fourteen USC players appeared in at least one set.

The Trojans finished with more kills, assists and aces than the Cardinal, but Stanford’s 11.0 team blocks and 30 digs forced USC into errors it was unable to overcome.

Courtesy of USC Athletics:

Kevin Rakestraw had 9 kills while hitting .615 and added 6 blocks to lead the No. 8-ranked Stanford men’s volleyball team to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 sweep over unranked USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Thursday (Jan. 26) in Palo Alto.

Stanford improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the MPSF. USC lost its fourth straight match to fall to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the MPSF.

The Trojans were without their top player, Lucas Yoder, who was out with a sprained ankle suffered in practice this week. But USC did get a contribution from their newest player, junior college transfer Gianluca Grasso of Brazil, who joined the team earlier this week. He had 6 digs, 2 aces and 2 kills off the bench.

Three Trojans each had 8 kills: Andy Benesh while hitting .615, Jon Rivera (hitting .385) off the bench and Woody Cook (along with 4 digs).

Gabriel Vegas added 6 kills and 2 aces for the Cardinal, while Stephen Moye had 5 blocks, Jordan Ewert had 9 digs and Evan Enriques had 6 digs.

Stanford hit .304 and had 11.0 blocks, while USC hit just .070 and had only 2.0 blocks. The Trojans had 27 attack errors and 14 serving errors.

Stanford went on a 6-point binge to open a 16-10 lead in the first set and was never threatened. In the second set, the Cardinal scored 4 of 5 early points to go up 7-4 and built the lead to 17-11 before USC clawed back to within 18-16, the closest Troy would get. Stanford got out to a quick 4-1 lead in the final set and the Trojans were never able to catch up.

USC next concludes its 5-match road trip when it visits No. 9 Pepperdine on Saturday (Jan. 28) at 2 p.m. in an MPSF match.

Cal Baptist Game:

Courtesy of: Stanford Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 8 Stanford pulled off its second sweep in as many nights and fourth of the season, blanking Cal Baptist 25-19, 25-21, 25-18 on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.

Sophomore Jordan Ewert pounded home a match-high 12 kills to go along with three aces, as Stanford (6-2, 3-0 MPSF) hit .295 overall while Cal Baptist was limited to a .118 attack percentage.

Redshirt junior Kevin Rakestraw contributed an effective performance, tallying nine kills on 15 swings for a .667 hitting percentage, while producing six of Stanford’s 14 blocks.

Junior Evan Enriques, playing against his younger brother, Cal Baptist libero Emmett, led the Cardinal with 10 digs.

Coming off a sweep of USC on Thursday night, Stanford nearly led wire-to-wire in all three sets, remaining in front for all of the third.

Cal Baptist (2-7, 1-5 MPSF) was led by Jackson Burge and Enrique Garcia, who recorded seven kills apiece.

The Cardinal is back in action next weekend for a road trip to CSUN (Friday, Feb. 3) and Long Beach State (Saturday, Feb. 4).

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About Kenedy McGrath

Kenedy McGrath

Started writing for volleymob in December 2016 Graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Multimedia Communications on a full-ride volleyball scholarship as a libero. Originally from Hermosa Beach, California Kenedy started to play indoor and beach volleyball at 9 years-old. She first began as a setter and then realized being only 5'5 …

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