Four Recognized in 2013 All-MPSF Honors
April 18, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – The postseason honors have begun to pour in and four members of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team – Maurice Torres, Matt West, Josh Taylor and Parker Kalmbach – were voted to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Team, the league announced today.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) was placed on the All-MPSF first team for the second-straight season, while West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) also picked up first team accolades after making the honorable mention roster last year as a freshman.
Making the All-MPSF second team squad was Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School). Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro) made his all-conference team debut as an honorable mention.
Headlining the all-conference selections for Pepperdine was Torres. The senior currently leads the league and ranks second in the NCAA with a 4.23 kills/set season average. Fueled by that, as well as his contributions in blocking and serving, Torres also leads the MPSF and the NCAA with 5.05 points/set.
Entering this week’s MPSF Tournament quarterfinals, Torres not only paces the Waves in kills but he also averages a team-best 1.58 digs/set. At the net, the 6-foor-7 opposite side hitter averages 0.83 blocks/set while behind the line he delivers a team-high 0.38 service aces/set (ranks fifth in MPSF/12th in NCAA).
West, an All-MPSF honorable mention and freshman team selection from a year ago, posted an assists average of 11.33 this season – the best in the NCAA. With the sophomore quarterbacking the offense, Pepperdine hit .300 as a team which counts as the fourth best clip in the conference and fifth best in the country.
The sophomore contributed extensively on the defensive end as well, posting 1.40 digs/set and 0.68 blocks/set. He ranks second behind Torres with an aces average of 0.25.
West was the only setter in the league to be rewarded first team distinction.
Both Torres and West were honored as MPSF Player of the Week selections in 2013.
Sophomore Taylor was voted to the second team roster. With 3.08 kills/set, the 6-7 outside hitter is the second-favorite offensive target of West, behind Torres. Taylor, who prior to Pepperdine had minimal experience as a primary passer on serve receive, boasts the Waves’ best success rate receiving serve and has committed just 30 errors in a team-high 593 attempts.
Taylor was an MPSF All-Freshman team member in 2012.
Kalmbach, who served as an outside hitter in 2011 before sitting out his entire sophomore campaign recovering from back surgery, made his triumphant return to the court in 2013 as a middle blocker. The position switch served the junior and the Waves well as evident by Kalmbach’s 1.25 blocks/set average and .382 hitting percentage. Those numbers rank eighth and fifth in NCAA, respectively.
BYU swept the major awards. Taylor Sander was voted MPSF Player of the Year and Ben Patch was dubbed the MPSF Freshman of the Year.
The #5 Waves (14-11, 13-11 MPSF) begin the MPSF Tournament this weekend with a first-round match at #4 UCLA (20-10, 16-8 MPSF). Game time is 7 p.m. inside the John Wooden Center. FREE tickets, as well as transportation, are available for Pepperdine students with a valid ID. Contact Danielle Byrd for more details.