Maurice Torres Elected MPSF Player of the Week
Torres earns Waves' first weekly conference award since 2011.
Feb. 18, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Senior opposite Maurice Torres was voted the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week, after leading the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team to victories over Cal Baptist and BYU. He becomes the first conference player of the week since Beau Vandeweghe earned the honor during the 2011 season.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) registered two kills-digs double-doubles last week in the Waves’ wins over #11 Cal Baptist and #1 BYU. In the week’s first match versus the Lancers, Torres disposed of 19 kills while hitting .586 – the third time the Waves’ No. 1 offensive weapon has hit over a .500 clip this season – and tallied 11 digs.
In the follow-up contest against top-ranked Cougars, the senior led all hitters with a season-best 23 kills and 12 digs.
Friday’s win over #1 BYU marks the first official time since the 2007 season Pepperdine has defeated a top ranked team. The Waves, ranked #2 at the time, swept a two-match home series against a #1-ranked Cougar squad back in February of 2007.
Torres also led the Waves with 2.56 digs/set last week and was one of three players to total more than 10 blocks across the two matches. The senior was credited with 11 total blocks for a 1.22 average.
With the two wins, the Waves remain undefeated at home in 2013 (5-0) and improved to 7-4 on the season.
The two double-doubles were Torres’ first of his senior season and 10th overall in his career. His career totals in kills and digs stand at 1,393 and 532, respectively. That kills tally ranks eighth in the Waves’ record book and he is just one of seven players in program history to reach both the 1,300 kills and 500 digs career plateaus.
Torres has eclipsed double digits in kills in every match of 2013 and in 33 of the last 34 contests dating back to Jan. 21, 2012. The senior has surpassed the 20 kills mark four times in 2013 and 20 total times in his career.
Torres and the Waves put their undefeated home record on the line this week, hosting UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and UCLA on Saturday, Feb 23.