2023 All-MPSF Men's Volleyball Teams Announced

2023 All-MPSF Men's Volleyball Teams Announced

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Photo: MPSF Player of the Year, Pepperdine's Jaylen Jasper (by: Pepperdine Athletics)

2023 MPSF Men's Volleyball All-Conference Teams (PDF)

2023 MPSF Player of the Year

Pepperdine graduate student opposite Jaylen Jasper (Annapolis, MD/Stanford) is the MPSF kill leader by a wide margin of 5.02 kills per set (the next highest is 3.99), which also ranks No. 2 in the nation. He tops the conference in points per set. also No. 2 in the NCAA (5.51). He won an MPSF-high four weekly awards this year, the last of which was backed by a 53-kill series on a .536 hitting percentage against No. 5 Grand Canyon. On March 24, Jasper tied the Pepperdine rally-era record with 37 kills, also the most by any MPSF player since 2014. On Feb. 17, he hit an MPSF season-best .783 with 20 kills in a win at No. 9 Stanford. He was in double-digit kills in 27 of his 28 regular season matches, including 12 matches of 20+ kills, with an overall .371 hitting clip (best in the MPSF amongst non-middles). This is the first time in the 31-year history of MPSF Men’s Volleyball in which a team finishing lower than third in the final standings produced the player of the year. Jasper represents the all-time record ninth MPSF Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year award for Pepperdine (David Wieczorek, 2018-19; Paul Carroll, 2009; Jonathan Winder, 2007; Sean Rooney, 2005; Brad Keenan, 2002; George Roumain, 1998-1999).
2023 MPSF Freshman of the Year

UCLA freshman setter Andrew Rowan (Trabuco Canyon, CA/J Serra HS) was the only freshman to earn a first team All-MPSF honor this year. He was a huge component in the Bruins’ unbeaten MPSF season for the first time since 1995, and their first time reaching 27 wins since 2000. Rowan set UCLA to the NCAA’s top offense in the regular season with a .379 team hitting percentage, as the team hit over .300 in 23 of 29 regular season matches, as well as a .412 clip through the 12-0 conference season. Rowan leads the MPSF with 44 service aces on the year, including an MPSF season-high of six in just his second collegiate match. He earned his first career conference award when he was named MPSF Defensive Player of the Week on February 13, after he accumulated five block solos (seven total) in a pair of wins over No. 2 Long Beach State.  He also set the team to an incredible .551 hitting clip in the first match of that series, and doing so against one of the top defensive teams in the nation. Rowan is UCLA’s fourth MPSF Freshman of the Year recipient, including a repeat from last year (Guy Genis, 2022; JT Hatch, 2015; Brandon Taliaferro, 1997).