Stanford Defeats Calgary in Final Exhibition Tune-Up

  0 Derek Johnson | January 03rd, 2018 | College - Men's Indoor, MPSF, News


  • (EXHIBITION) #6 Stanford def. Calgary 3-1 (25-19, 26-28, 25-22, 25-20)
  • Stanford, California
  • Attendance: 203
  • Box score

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – For the second straight time, the Stanford Men’s Volleyball team took care of Calgary in four sets. This second one represented the final exhibition tune-up for the Cardinal, as they look forward to the regular season on Friday.

That final tune-up looked like a mid-season match for Eric Beatty, who notched 19 kills while hitting .500. He also totaled four digs, three blocks and two aces in the match, but will look to improve on serve reception after suffering five reception errors.

2017 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention choice Kevin Rakestraw was also impressive, recording 13 kills while hitting .478 to go with three blocks out of the middle. Their other honorees from last season were Evan Enriques, who totaled five digs and four assists, along with Jordan Ewert (2017 All-MPSF Honorable Mention), who did not play in the match.

Other big performers were Russell Dervay (45 assists, four kills, four digs, two aces), Eli Wopat (eight kills, .238, five digs, two aces) and freshman JP Reilly (five kills, .375, one dig, one block, one assist), who’s biggest contribution might have been serve reception as he saw 18 serves (second-most) and made just one reception error.

The next step for Stanford is heading into the regular season portion of the schedule where they will match up at the UCSB Asics Invitational. They’ll take on (RV) Saint Francis and #15 Princeton on Friday, with a road test at #18 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.

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Courtesy of Stanford:

STANFORD, Calif. – Behind 19 kills from Eric Beatty, the No. 8 Stanford men’s volleyball team defeated Calgary for the second time in four days in an exhibition match at Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal hit .345 and held the Dinos to a .170 clip. Calgary finished with 10.0 blocks to Stanford’s 6.5, while the Cardinal tallied a 65 percent sideout rate.

Beatty, a sophomore out of Huntington Beach, hit .500 while also collecting four digs, three blocks and two aces. Redshirt senior middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw added 13 kills on .478 hitting and three blocks.

Junior Russell Dervay controlled the offense with 45 assists, while notching four kills, four digs and two aces. Senior libero Evan Enriques totaled five digs and four assists.

Sophomore opposite Eli Wopat finished with eight kills, five digs and two aces. Freshman JP Reilly had five kills on .375 hitting in two sets.

Sophomore Jacob Thoenen was impressive from the service line, rallying the team back from a deficit late in the third period to a 25-22 victory.

Alex Bader had 12 kills and seven digs to lead Calgary.

Stanford officially opens the 2018 season on Friday at the UCSB Asics Invitational in Santa Barbara. The Cardinal will face Saint Francis at 10 a.m. and Princeton at 8 p.m.

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