Torres, West Tabbed Volleyball Magazine All-Americans
June 5, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Volleyball Magazine released its 2013 NCAA Men’s All-American list in the July edition of the publication and Pepperdine’s Maurice Torres and Matt West made the cut. Torres was one of 10 players placed on the first team, while West appeared on the second team roster.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) was a second team selection last season, but upgraded to the first team list after leading the nation this year in points per set with 5.02. The opposite side hitter ranked second in the NCAA with a kills average of 4.21 and 13th with an aces average of 0.36.
In 2013, Torres picked up a team-best 1.56 digs/set and was third in total blocks – behind the Waves’ middle blockers – with 82.
Torres, a 2013 All-MPSF first-team honoree, will go down as one of Pepperdine’s all-time greats. He ended his illustrious career with 1,634 career kills which ranks sixth in the Waves’ record book. His 135 aces ranks fifth while his 618 total digs puts him in 10th place. He is just one of seven players in program history to have reached both the 1,300 kills and 500 digs plateaus.
West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS) made his Volleyball Magazine All-American debut as a second-team selection. The sophomore setter led the NCAA with11.25 assists/set and quarterbacked the offense to a team hitting percentage of .295 – sixth best in the country.
In addition to his offensive contributions, West added 1.40 digs/set and 0.68 blocks/set on the defensive end. He ranked second on the team behind Torres with a 0.24 aces average.
After just two seasons as the team’s setter, West ranks seventh in the Pepperdine record book with 2,456 career assists. With a career average of 11.32 assists/set, West stands to rank in the top-three by the end of his four years in orange and blue.
Both West and Torres were also AVCA All-American performers in 2013. West snagged a spot on the first team and Torres was placed on the second team.
Pepperdine finished in fifth place in the MPSF regular season standings this year and ranked in at #5 on the final AVCA poll.