Maurice Torres Named AVCA All-American
Junior Maurice Torres earns his first AVCA All-American award after leading the Waves in points, kills and aces in 2012.
April 26, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Maurice Torres of the Pepperdine men's volleyball team was chosen to the All-American second team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the organization announced today. Torres becomes the 76th All-American in the Waves' program history.
Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran) led the team, and ranked fifth amongst all Mountain Pacific Sports Federation players with 3.98 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 1,217 career kills. His 2012 season tally of 450 kills ranks ninth in the Waves' single season (rally scoring only) annuls.
In 2012, Torres tallied 47 service aces which counts for the fourth most in any single season at Pepperdine. His first ace of 2013 will be his 100th career ace.
Last week, Torres was honored as an All-MPSF first team selection after making the all-freshman team in 2010.
The Waves have had at least one player be honored with All-American distinction in 16 of the last 17 seasons.
The MPSF led all conferences with 15 total selections on the first and second teams. Penn State of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association picked up one second team honor. Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Associations programs Loyola Chicago, Lewis and Ohio State combined for four All-Americans.
Pepperdine's season ended last weekend with a loss in the MPSF Tournament's quarterfinals at Stanford. The Waves finished 14-15 overall and placed seventh in the conference with a 9-13 record.