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Josh Taylor
Josh  Taylor


Honolulu, Hawaii

High School:
Punahou School


Outside Hitter



West, Kalmbach and Taylor Named Volleyball Magazine All-Americans

Matt West, Parker Kalmbach and Josh Taylor all end their tenure in Malibu as Volleyball Magazine All-Americans.


Four Named AVCA All-Americans

Matt West, Josh Taylor, Parker Kalmbach and Brennan Anderson all graduate Pepperdine as AVCA All-Americans.


Waves Fall in MPSF Final at UC Irvine

The men's volleyball team will hope to hear its name called in Saturday's NCAA Selection Show.


Men's Volleyball Beats Hawaii in MPSF Semifinals

The Waves will play UC Irvine or USC in Friday night's championship match.


West, Kalmbach Earn National Acclaim

Both earned the nation's top positional awards from Off the Block.


Men's Volleyball at UC Irvine (5/1/2015)

Martin A. Folb's photos of the MPSF Championship match.


Men's Volleyball vs. Hawaii (4/30/2015)

Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves 3-1 MPSF semifinal victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Irvine, Calif.


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara

MPSF Tournament quarterfinals: Pepperdine vs. UC Santa Barbara (Photos by Martin A. Folb)


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. USC

Pepperdine vs. USC on April 2. Photos by Martin A. Folb.


Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine

Men's Volleyball: Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine (Photos by Martin A. Folb)

Josh Taylor Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

CAREER: Through four seasons, has appeared in 106 matches and 400 sets ... Two-time AVCA All-American and three-time All-MPSF performer ... Became 18th Wave to reach 1,000 career kills on April 12, 2014 vs. Hawaii ... Ended four-year career with 1,433 kills to rank ninth in program history ... Points total of 1,630.0 rates 10th.

PEPPERDINE 2015: AVCA All-American first team ... Volleyball Magazine All-American third team ... All-MPSF first-team performer ... Appeared in 110 sets and 30 matches ... Averaged 3.75 kills to rank third in the MPSF and 14th in the NCAA ... Points average of 4.25 rated third in the league and 16th in the country ... Swung at a .369 (412 kills-113 errors-810 attempts) clip in 2015 ... Averaged 4.73 kills and 2.64 digs at the MPSF Tournament to earn all-tournament status ... Knocked down a 23 kills while hitting .636 (23 kills-2 errors-33 attempts) at UC Irvine (5/1) in the MPSF Tournament finals ... Picked up a career-best 15 digs vs. UC Santa Barbara (4/25) in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals ... 15 digs ties for the second most in a three-set match in Pepperdine history (rally scoring only) ... Earned collegiate-first MPSF Player of the Week (3/16) nod after scoring 22 kills and eight digs vs. UC Irvine (3/14) to help the Waves rally back from a 0-2 deficit to win 17-15 in the fifth ... Top-four finalist for the Karch Kiraly Award, given to the nation's best outside hitter by Off the Block ... Scored a season-best 24 kills vs. BYU (3/21) ... Tallied 23 aces on the season ... Credited with three aces vs. George Mason (1/11) ... Charted a season-best six blocks at Hawaii (3/8) ... Surpassed the 20-kill mark in six matches in 2015 and met the 10-kill milestone in 23 contests ... Hit a career-high .800 vs. Cal Baptist behind nine kills, one error and 10 attempts ... Other season totals include 31 assists, 177 digs, 59.0 blocks and 467.0 points.

PEPPERDINE 2014: AVCA All-American second team ... Volleyball Magazine All-American second team ... All-MPSF first team ... Paced the team with 353 kills for a 4.01 kills per set average ... Kills average ranked fourth in the MPSF and seventh in the NCAA ... Averaged 4.66 points to lead team, rank third in the conference and seventh in the country ... Started in 23 matches and appeared in 88 sets ... Missed three matches midseason rehabbing injury ... Surpassed double digits in kills in 20 matches and double digits in digs twice ... Eclipsed the 20 kills mark in five matches ... Set a career high with 28 kills at Long Beach State (1/24) ... Produced kills-digs double doubles at USC (1/16) and at Long Beach State (1/24) ... Picked up a season-best 12 digs at USC ... Led team in kills in 18 matches ... Hit .247 (353 kills-169 errors-746 attempts) on the season ... Swung .550 (14-3-20) vs. UCLA (2/5) ... Credited with a career-high five aces vs. Pacific (3/8) ... Tallied a career-high eight blocks at Cal State Northridge (1/22) ... With his 16th kill of the match vs. Hawaii (4/12), became the Waves' 18th member of the 1,000 career kills club.

PEPPERDINE 2013: All-MPSF second team selection ... Started in all 26 matches and appeared in 99 total sets ... Ranked second on the team with 3.08 kills ... Hit .302 (305 kills-117 errors-623 attempts) on the season which ranked 28th in the NCAA ... Surpassed double-digits in kills in 18 matches including a 20 kill performance vs. BYU (2/15) ... Posted first career double-double against Stanford (1/20) with 13 kills and 11 digs ... Registered another double-double vs. Long Beach State (4/6) with 18 kills and a career-high 13 digs ... Averaged 1.24 digs ... Paced the team with a .950 (31 errors-626 attempts) serve receive percentage ... Hit at a .650 (14 kills-1 error-20 attempts) clip at Long Beach State (2/6) ... Also dished three assists vs. the 49ers ... Averaged 0.59 blocks for a season total of 58 ... Other season totals include 305 kills, 18 assists, 16 aces, 123 digs and 350.5 points.

PEPPERDINE 2012: MPSF All-Freshman Team ... Ranked second on the team, eighth in the MPSF and 16th in the NCAA with a 3.52 kills/set average ... Posted a season-high 27 kills at UC San Diego (1/27) ... Eclipsed double-digit kill totals in 19 matches ... Tallied 20+ kills four times ...Appeared in 103 sets and 27 matches ... Made first career start vs. Lewis (1/7) and made 25 total starts as a freshman ... Recorded three service aces against George Mason (3/24) ... Set a season-best with nine digs at Long Beach State (4/14) ... Totaled 363 kills earned on a .236 hitting percentage ... Other season totals include 11 assists, 12 service aces, 101 digs, 49.0 blocks and 404.0 points ... Recorded a .954 (28 errors, 611 attempts) receiving percentage ... Set a season-high hitting percentage of .585 (26-5-36) against Lewis (1/8) ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

USA: Member of the U.S. Junior National Team in both 2010 and 2011 ... Won the 2010 NORCECA Men's Junior Continental Championship, alongside fellow Wave Maurice Torres, to qualify for the 2011 FIVB Men's Junior World Championships ... Competed with the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team in 2009.

CLUB: Played for the Ku'ikahi Volleyball Club's 15s, 16s, 17s and 18s squads.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Punahou School in 2011 ... Four-year member of the varsity volleyball team ... Voted Star Advertiser's All-State Player of the Year as a junior ... Recognized as an all-state first team selection as both a sophomore and junior ... Earned Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 distinction ... Led team to state championship title in 2009 and 2010 ... Also lettered in basketball.

PERSONAL: Hails from Honolulu, Hawaii ... Son of Graham and Kimberly ... Brother to younger siblings Nikki and Kaili ... Father played basketball at University of the Pacific ... Credits his mother for his involvement and success in the sport of volleyball ... Majoring in psychology ... Chose Pepperdine "because of Marv Dunphy, and for the opportunity to play for a team that has the potential to win national championships."

FAVORITES: Favorite pro volleyball player is Bartosz Kurek ... Favorite pro sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Favorite television show is Man vs. Wild ... Favorite movie is Step Brothers ... Favorite musical artist is Eminem ... Favorite beach activity is body boarding ... Favorite food is chocolate ... Enjoys surfing, bodysurfing, hanging out with friends and spending time with family.

Our favorite photos from All-American Josh Taylor's senior season.

Posted by Pepperdine Men's Volleyball on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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