Stanford's Jordan Ewert is one of 27 men's volleyball players named to the Karch Kiraly Award watch list. Off the Block unveiled the preseason list Wednesday for the national award presented to the best outside attacker attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the regular season.
The winner of the award is selected at the end of the regular season by a nationwide voting committee comprised of coaches and media members. The top-three vote-getters are considered finalists, while the player receiving the most votes will be the winner of the Karch Kiraly Award presented by Off the Block.
Ewert missed the second half of the 2017 season with an injury but still led the Cardinal with both a 3.47 kills per game average and 19 aces. He also was able to recover from his injury in time to play for the United States at the World University Games in August.
The Karch Kiraly Award started in 2015 and was named after the former UCLA All-American and U.S. Olympian gold medalist. The naming of the award after a player was done in an effort to honor and incorporate the history of college volleyball into this award.
This is one of five position-based awards presented in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block presents the Lloy Ball Award to the nation’s top setter, the Bryan Ivie Award to the nation’s top opposite, the Ryan Millar Award to the nation’s top middle attacker and the Erik Shoji Award to the nation’s top libero.
Shoji earned All-American honors while at Stanford and is considered one of the world's top liberos.