West, Torres Honored as AVCA All-Americans
Matt West earns AVCA All-America first-team distinction, Maurice Torres earns a spot on the second-team roster.
April 25, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Matt West and Maurice Torres of the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team were voted AVCA All-Americans, the organization announced today. West made the 10-person first-team roster, while Torres earned a spot on the second team for the second-consecutive season.
West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS), who was also an All-MPSF first team selection, is the only setter to be recognized on the first team.
The Waves’ quarterback averaged an NCAA-best 11.25 assists/set and helped the team to a team hitting percentage of .295 – sixth 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 ranked second behind Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) with an aces average of 0.24.
In the program annuls, West currently ranks seventh with 2,457 career assists. At the pace he is going, 11.32 assists/set, the setter should move into the top-three by the end of his four years in Malibu.
Making his second-straight appearance on the second team was Torres. The senior is widely considered to be one of the top all-around players in the nation, and leads the NCAA in points/set (5.02), ranks second in kills/set (4.21) and is 14th in aces/set (0.36). In 2013, Torres picked up a team-best 1.56 digs/set and is third in total blocks – behind the Waves’ middle blockers – with 82.
In four years, Torres has inked his name in several categories in the programs’ record book. With 1,634 kills, the senior ranks sixth all-time at Pepperdine. He also ranks in the top-10 in digs (618, 10th), aces (135, fifth), points (1942.5, sixth) and sets played (406, fourth).
Like West, Torres was also an All-MPSF first team honoree.
Pepperdine reached the MPSF Tournament for the 19th time in 21 years, and concluded the season ranked fifth in the league and in the AVCA rankings.
2013 AVCA Division I-II Men’s First-Team All-America
Michael Brinkley, UC Irvine
Levi Cabral, California Baptist
Brian Cook, Stanford
Taylor Crabb, Long Beach State
Dylan Davis, UC Santa Barbara
Ben Patch, BYU
Gonzalo Quiroga, UCLA
Taylor Sander, BYU
Kevin Tillie, UC Irvine
Matt West, Pepperdine
2013 AVCA Division I-II Men’s Second-Team All-America
BJ Boldog, Lewis
Steven Irvin, Stanford
Russ Lavaja, BYU
Collin Mehring, UC Irvine
Evan Mottram, UCLA
Connor Olbright, Long Beach State
Geoff Powell, Lewis
Spencer Rowe, UCLA
Joseph Smalzer, Loyola-Chicago
Maurice Torres, Pepperdine