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04 March 2015 Written by  By Michelle Lassle
Published in March 2015 Articles

For someone who insisted that he would never play volleyball

Deer Valley senior Jordan Ewert is proving his prediction wrong. “I didn’t want to play volleyball originally because I thought it was a girly sport,” Jordan said. After watching his sister play, Jordan decided that he would stick to soccer which he had been playing since he was four years old. However, during the summer between 8th grade and his freshman year of high school Jordan began to change his mind. “My friends invited me to play with them in a tournament, and that was when I met former Olympian Gabe Gardner.” Gardner saw Jordan and approached him. He saw an opportunity to create something great with Jordan, so they exchanged contact information, and Jordan began traveling to Sacramento three times a week to train.

Originally volleyball frustrated Jordan because he struggled to perfect it. “I’m a tall guy,” Jordan said. “I was 6’2” in 8th grade, so I hadn’t gotten my coordination down yet.” Because of his competitive nature, Jordan was determined to improve. Eventually he found a much closer team in Pleasant Hill that he switched to and actually ended up going to nationals and winning a bronze medal in his first year with the club. At that point Jordan experienced something that he never had when playing soccer or any other sport. So Jordan permanently left the soccer field and set his sights on volleyball fulltime.

Starting as a freshman at Deer Valley High School Jordan made it directly onto the boys’ varsity team as an outside hitter. Then in his sophomore year, Jordan helped make history at his school by being a part of the first boys’ volleyball team to ever win NCS. Just to prove that their ability was unshakable, the boys did it again the next year and brought victory to Deer Valley two consecutive seasons. “This year we’re hoping for another NCS win,” Jordan said. As an outside hitter, Jordan has a noticeable impact on the success of his team. “In that position you play the entire game. Your job is everything; you hit, block, pass, play defense, serve, know how to set, and you have to be a leader on the court.” It may seem like a lot of pressure, but Jordan says he prefers it that way. “I like being able to touch the ball in every play and make some sort of impact.”

After high school season ends in May, club season quickly picks up. The power league season begins with a qualifier and then four tournaments, all of which Jordan’s team won last season. After a few upsets, his team went on to make it to nationals and finished first in northern California. Jordan’s team is full of dedicated athletes who travel extreme distances to play on the best team in the region, some traveling from San Francisco, Mountain View, Fresno, and one even moved from Texas.

Jordan’s dedication has paid off, earning him countless accolades for both high school and club. He has been awarded 1st team all-league, MVP of tournaments and NCS, best offensive player at state, all-tournament team recognition, MVP of the BVAL, most outstanding player, and East Bay Player of the Year. His sophomore year Jordan set the school record for the most kills in an individual season and then promptly broke his own record the following season, which he plans on breaking again. He also holds the record for most kills in a high school career, which he plans to add to. Jordan is also on the national team for Under 19 year olds which took him to Oklahoma for the world championship qualifier where his team won and will be traveling to Argentina to compete next summer. In addition to his outstanding performance on the volleyball court, Jordan also prioritizes his school work which reflects in his 4.13 cumulative GPA. He is currently taking AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science, and AP Psychology. When he isn’t at volleyball practice, the gym, or doing homework, Jordan spends his time in choir and voice lessons. “On the weekends if I don’t have a tournament I can relax a little bit, but I’m not one to sit around the house and do nothing.”

In October Jordan committed to playing volleyball for Stanford. “I’m ready to be back at the bottom of the food chain on the court and play against guys that are four years older than me.” With Loyola as the reigning champions, Jordan struggled to make a choice, but he eventually made the decision based on academics rather than athletics. “I didn’t want to make my decision based on other players. Besides, how do you say no to a full-ride from Stanford?”

Jordan plans to enter college with an undeclared major but leans towards physics. His plan is to hopefully help lead his team to a national championship. As for his future beyond that, Jordan has his sights set pretty high. “Maybe I’ll make it to the 2024 Olympics,” Jordan said. “My plan is to take this as far as I can.”

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