Matt West, Josh Taylor, Parker Kalmbach and Brennan Anderson all graduate Pepperdine as AVCA All-Americans.
The men's volleyball team will hope to hear its name called in Saturday's NCAA Selection Show.
The Waves will play UC Irvine or USC in Friday night's championship match.
Both earned the nation's top positional awards from Off the Block.
The Waves play Hawaii at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Bren Events Center.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the MPSF Championship match.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves 3-1 MPSF semifinal victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Irvine, Calif.
MPSF Tournament quarterfinals: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
Pepperdine vs. USC on April 2. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine (Photos by Martin A. Folb)
CAREER: Through four seasons has appeared in 89 matches and 298 sets … Has started as an outside hitter, opposite side hitter and middle blocker … Averaged 2.95 kills while hitting .324, 1.13 digs and 0.94 blocks.
PEPPERDINE 2015: AVCA All-American second team … All-MPSF first-team performer … Paced Pepperdine and the MPSF with 4.04 kills per set … Only player in the conference to average over 4.0 kills per set … Kills average ranked sixth in the NCAA … Averaged 4.54 points per set to rank second in the league and 11th in the nation … Inaugural Bryan Ivie Award winner, presented to the nation’s best opposite side hitter by Off the Block … Ranked second on the team with a 1.90 digs per set average, coming in at 13th in the conference and 35th in the NCAA … Paced the Waves with five kills-digs double-doubles … Laid down a career-high 24 kills twice, first vs. Long Beach State (1/24) and again vs. BYU (3/21) … Surpassed the 20-kill mark in seven matches in 2015 and met the 10-kill milestone in 23 contests … Hit .328 (424 kills-129 errors-899 attempts) on the season … Posted 19 kills earned at a career-best .680 (19-2-25) clip vs. Stanford (2/6) … Totaled six aces on the year, including two vs. Harvard (3/17) … Charted a season-high seven blocks at Cal State Northridge (3/28) … Earned MPSF Player of the Week recognition (1/26) after averaging 4.43 kills and 4.93 points in wins over Long Beach State (1/24) and Cal State Northridge (1/21) … Tallied six kills in one set of work at UC San Diego (2/13) … Credited with a career-best 14 digs in back-to-back matches vs. BYU (3/21) and at Long Beach State (3/26) … Totaled 199 digs, 83.0 blocks and 476.5 points on the season.
PEPPERDINE 2014: All-MPSF second team … Started in 20 matches and appeared in 21 matches overall as an opposite side hitter … Saw action in 75 sets … Ranked second on the team with 3.47 kills per set … Kills average ranked 12th in the MPSF and 25th in the NCAA … Averaged 4.05 points per set, ranking in at 13th in the conference and 19th in the country … Also collected 1.43 digs per set and 0.97 blocks per set … AVCA National Player of the Week (1/21) after posting an 11 kills-13 digs-10 blocks triple double in a win at USC … Was just the fourth triple-double by any MPSF player since 2007 … His 10th block of the match was achieved at match point … Surpassed double digits in kills 15 times and double digits in digs twice … Put down a career-high 22 kills at Long Beach State (1/24) … Missed five matches at the end of the season duo to back injury … Hit over. 400 six times … Swung at a .469 (18 kills-3 errors-32 attempts) hitting percentage in season opener vs. UC Irvine (1/10) … Totaled 260 kills while hitting .286 (260-91-590), five assists, four aces, 107 digs, 73.0 blocks and 304.0 points.
PEPPERDINE 2013: All-MPSF honorable mention … Started in all 26 matches as a middle blocker and appeared in 98 total sets … Averaged a team-high 1.23 blocks which ranked fifth in the league and ninth in the NCAA … Totaled 121 blocks with 13 solo blocks and 108 assisted blocks … Posted a kill-blocks double-double vs. Cal State Northridge (2/8) with 13 kills and 10 blocks – both season highs … First kills-blocks double-double for Pepperdine since 2010 season … Also recorded 10 blocks at UC San Diego (1/12) … Averaged 1.77 kills while hitting .375 (173 kills-48 errors-333 attempts) … Hitting percentage ranked 12th in the MPSF and fifth in the NCAA (minimums calculated differently) … Surpassed double digits in kills on five occasions … Hit .643 (10 kills-1 error-14 attempts) against Cal Baptist (3/30) … Tallied four assists at CSUN (2/8) … Dished a pair of aces against UC Santa Barbara (2/19) … Picked up two digs in eight different matches and totaled 22 digs on the season … Also totaled 173 kills in 2013.
PEPPERDINE 2012: Underwent back surgery prior to the start of the season and redshirted.
PEPPERDINE 2011: Appeared in 20 sets and 12 matches … Made only start of season at Long Beach State (2/23) … Recorded a season high seven kills against Harvard (3/15) … Tagged down four kills at Hawaii (3/5) … Totaled 21 kills, eight digs, three blocks and 22.5 points as a freshman … Came in primarily as an outside hitter and serve receiver … Posted a block versus Stanford (2/19), Harvard (3/15) and Rutgers-Newark (3/19) … Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
USA VOLLEYBALL: Member of the 2010 U.S. Men’s Junior National Training team … Two-year member of the U19 Beach National team … Placed ninth at the 2010 FIVB Beach Youth World Championships in Porto, Portugal … Placed 17th the year prior at the youth world championships in Alanya, Turkey … Competed at the 2011 and 2012 FIVB Beach Junior World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia and placed ninth on both occasions … Played at the 2012 NORCECA Beach Tour alongside Adam Cabbage.
CLUB: Played for Balboa Bay Quiksilver 16s and 17s … Won a gold medal at the 2009 Junior Olympics in the open division … Team placed fifth at the 2010 Junior National Championships … Placed ninth at the 2011 FIVB U21 World Beach Volleyball Championships with partner Vaun Lennon.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Calif. in 2010 … Played two years on the varsity as an outside hitter … All-South Coast League first team selection as a senior … Team MVP in 2010 … A Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 awardee … Ranked No. 13 on the ESPN Rise Top-25 Recruits list … Four-year honor roll student … Graduated with academic distinction.
PERSONAL: Born in Newport Beach, Calif. and raised in Coto de Caza, Calif. ... Son of Kurt and Barb Kalmbach ... Brother to Emily, Alison and Peter ... Sister Emily was a member of the University of Michigan women’s soccer team … Majoring in advertising … Has traveled to London, England, Istanbul, Turkey, Frankfurt, Germany and Lisbon, Portugal to participate in the Beach Volleyball Youth World Championships … Chose Pepperdine “because of Marv Dunphy.”
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing beach volleyball, body boarding, hanging out with friends and listening to music … Loves volleyball because “of the speed of the game and the intensity” … Favorite movie is Heavy Weights and Into the Wild … Favorite musical artist is Above & Beyond … Favorite book is The Road … Favorite TV show is Seinfeld … Favorite sport other than volleyball is tennis … Favorite meal is steak and potatoes … Favorite pro volleyball player is Alison Cerutti … Favorite beach volleyball team is Paul Dalhausser and Todd Rogers.