By the Numbers: Best college men’s volleyball player to wear No. 12 jersey

Photo courtesy of Pepperdine athletics

It’s all about the numbers — particularly the number on the jersey.

Off the Block is unveiling the best player to wear each jersey number in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the 25-point rally scoring era.

The latest installment in this summer series examines the best to don the No. 12 jersey. Check out Off the Block throughout June as it continues to reveal the best in the sport to wear each number.


Best player to wear No. 12
Maurice Torres (2010-13)

Awards and honors during 25-point rally scoring era: 2012 Second-Team All-American, 2012 First-Team All-MPSF First Team, 2013 Second-Team All-American, 2013 First-Team All-MPSF First Team,
Player bio: Torres in his senior season was second in the nation with a 4.21 kills per game average, including having at least 20 kills in nine matches. The two-time All-American also was eighth in the country with a 3.98 kills per game average on a career-best .307 attack percentage in 2012. Along with his offensive performance Torres had 135 career aces and in 2012 was in the nation’s top 10 with a 0.42 aces per game average. The opposite defensively had at least 100 digs in each of his four seasons and finished with 618 career digs.

Best players to wear No. 12 by conference

Big West: Arvis Greene, CSUN
ConfCarolinas: Robert Poole, Mount Olive
EIVA: Brett Wildman, Penn State
MIVA: Cody Caldwell, Loyola
MPSF: Maurice Torres, Pepperdine
Independents: Obenda Besongngem, Alderson Broaddus

Honorable mentions: Mik Berzins, Ohio State; Corey Chavers, UC Santa Barbara; Steven Irvin, Stanford; Federico Pagliara, Barton; Andrew Sellan, Purdue Fort Wayne.