MPSF Announces All-Conference Team
April 17, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Four members of the #2 Pepperdine men's volleyball team earned All-MPSF accolades, the conference announced today. Josh Taylor and Matt West both picked up first-team honors, while Parker Kalmbach and Matt Tarantino earned a spot on the second-team roster.
BYU's Taylor Sander was voted MPSF Player of the Year for the second-straight season, while Lucas Yoder of USC was named the MPSF Freshman of the Year.
West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) makes his second-straight appearance on the first team. The junior, a top-three finalist for the Lloy Ball Award which honors the nation's best setter, enters this week ranked third in the MPSF with an assists average of 11.10. He also ranks ninth in the league in digs, picking up 2.13 per set.
He enters the MPSF Quarterfinals on Saturday with 499 career digs, and is just one of six players in program history to surpass 3,000 career assists.
Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) was voted to the first team for the first time in his career after picking up second team honors in 2013. The junior outside hitter has been the Waves' go-to offensive option all season long and rightfully so. He averages 4.12 kills per set - third in the conference and sixth in the NCAA - and recently became just the 18th player in program history to reach the 1,000 kills milestone.
Redshirt junior Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro HS) proved his versatility on the court this season and successfully made the transition to opposite side hitter after starting in the middle last year. He averages 3.49 kills per set and has a kills-digs-blocks triple double to his credit in 2014. Last season, Kalmbach made the honorable mention squad for his work as a middle blocker.
Despite missing last season recovering from injury, Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif./Bishop Alemany) never skipped a beat in 2014 and resumed his role as starting middle blocker successfully. He is the Waves' only player to earn both MPSF and AVCA Player of the Week honors in the same week and has progressively gotten better as the year goes on. He boasts a hitting percentage of .415, but has swung at a .516 clip over the last 10 matches.
Tarantino made the MPSF All-Freshman Team in 2012.
#2 Pepperdine hosts #7 Long Beach State this Saturday, April 19 in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament. First serve inside Firestone Fieldhouse is slated for 7 p.m.