Kalmbach Named AVCA National Player of the Week
Jan. 21, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – After being named the new #1 team in the AVCA Coaches Poll on Monday, the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team continues to reap in rewards for its strong start to the 2014 season. Opposite side hitter Parker Kalmbach was voted the AVCA National Player of the Week after earning a triple-double in last week’s match at USC.
Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.) becomes just the first player MPSF-wide to finish a match in triple-double totals in nearly a year. In fact, his feat is so rare that he is just one of four players in the conference to earn a triple-double since 2007.
The redshirt junior helped lift the Waves (3-0, 3-0 MPSF) to a 3-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Trojans inside the Galen Center last Thursday night. It was Pepperdine’s first road match of the season.
Kalmbach finished the night with 11 kills, a career-high 13 digs and 10 blocks.
The opposite side hitter was just one block away from the triple-double at match point, 25-24, and threw the solo roof on Lucas Yoder to clinch the match and his 10th block of the contest.
This is Kalmbach’s first AVCA Player of the Week award, and first for the Waves since Cory Riecks picked up the honor on Feb. 22, 2010.
Pepperdine now accounts for two of the four triple-doubles by MPSF players since 2007. Maurice Torres, also an opposite side hitter, accomplished the feat as a freshman in 2010.
The Waves, enjoying their first #1 ranking since March of 2010, continue life on the road with matches at Cal State Northridge (Jan. 22) and #5 Long Beach State (Jan. 24). Pepperdine returns home to host #7 BYU, currently tied with Pepperdine in the MPSF standings with a 4-0 conference record, on Jan. 31.