Five Honored as All-MPSF Selections
April 19, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Five members of the Pepperdine men's volleyball team earned postseason honors from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation today, including Maurice Torres, Matt Pollock, Matt West, Josh Taylor and Matt Tarantino. Torres headlined the list, and picked up All-MPSF first team accolades.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran) leads the team, and ranks fourth amongst all MPSF players with 4.03 kills/set. The junior made his mark on the Pepperdine record book by becoming the 17th member of the1,000 kills club, having reached the milestone at BYU on March 2. He currently ranks 10th all-time in program history with 1,206 career kills. His 2012 season tally of 439 kills ranks ninth in the Waves’ single season (rally scoring only) annuls.
This is the second time Torres has been honored by the MPSF, having been named to the all-freshman team in 2010.
West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) was named to both the All-MPSF honorable mention and freshman teams. The 6-foot-5 setter ranked second in the league with an 11.37 assists/set average. When factoring only league matches, West dished 11.65 assist/set. On defense, the freshman averaged 1.45 digs and 0.69 blocks.
Pollock (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg HS), a senior middle blocker, also received All-MPSF honorable mention recognition. The middle blocker has averaged 1.97 kills/set while hitting .446. Both Pollock’s season and career clips (.436) are on pace to rank in the Waves’ top-10 records following the conclusion of the 2012 campaign.
Pepperdine accounted for three of the six total spots on the all-freshman team roster. Joining West were Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif./Bishop Alemany HS). Taylor ranks ninth overall in the conference and first amongst all freshmen with 3.51 kills/set.
Tarantino, who came to Pepperdine as an opposite side hitter, transition to the middle blocker position part way through the year. He finished regular-season action with a .419 hitting percentage and 0.95 blocks/set.
Pepperdine earned its most All-MPSF honors since 2010, when five were also selected.
USC swept the major awards. Tony Ciarelli was voted Player of the Year and Micah Christiansen was dubbed the MPSF Freshman of the Year.
The #9 Waves (14-14, 9-13 MPSF) begin the MPSF Tournament this weekend with a first-round match at #3 Stanford (20-6, 17-5 MPSF). Game time is 7 p.m. inside the Maples Pavilion.