Taylor Sander

Volleyball

Taylor Sander

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Birth year: 1992
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
College: BYU
Joined team: 2014

MOST NOTABLE

  • Most Valuable Player of the 2014 FIVB World League Final Round as the U.S. Men won the gold medal
  • Best Server of the 2014 World Championship Qualifier as the U.S. Men won the gold medal
  • 2014 AVCA Player of the Year
  • Four-time AVCA All-American, three-time first team, one second-team citation

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Became a starter for the U.S. Men in his first year with the team in 2014
  • Made his international debut with the senior U.S. Men's Team at the NORCECA World Championship Qualifier in Colorado Springs
  • MVP at the 2012 Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic, where he helped U.S. men's volleyball team win gold
  • 2013 and 2014 MPSF Player of the Year for BYU
  • 2013 and 2014 MPSF Tournament MVP for BYU
  • Four-time All-MPSF First Team for BYU
  • Led BYU to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances (finishing in the finals in 2013 and semifinals in 2014) and four-straight MPSF tournament appearances
  • Helped the Cougars win back-to-back MPSF regular-season titles (2013 and 2014) and back-to-back MPSF tournament titles (2013 and 2014)
  • Member of the 2011 and 2010 Men's Junior National Teams
  • Member of the 2008 and 2009 Boys' Youth National Teams
  • Played high school volleyball for NORCO HS. Graduated in 2010
  • Two-time Big VIII All-League MVP and Inland Empire All-Tournament team and CIF DIII Player of the Year
  • Played club volleyball for Orange Coast VC
  • Won every junior beach tournament with partner John Caroompas from 14-18 years old
  • 2006-07 15U Boys' Junior Nationals All-Tournament team
  • Parents are Steve and Kera Sander. Has one brother, Brenden (1995), and one sister, Britney (1989)
  • Brenden played on the 2014 Men's Junior National Team and will play at BYU in the fall of 2014
  • Taylor has signed to play in Italy for Blu Volley Verona during the winter of 2014-15

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS: 2014 – USAV Cup vs Iran... FIVB World League (gold medal)... FIVB World Championship Qualifier (gold medal). 2011 – FIVB Men's U21 World Championships. 2010 – NORCECA Men's U21 Continental Championship. 2009 – FIVB Boys' U19 World Championship. 2008 – NORCECA Boys' U19 Continental Championship

THE BIG BLURB
"He really is enthusiastic and enjoys the game. He's fun to coach. He fits in really well, and he's playing with better players so it allows him to use his gifts. Now he gets the ball every time where he needs it. It's impressive to see what he can do with it under those conditions." – U.S.Men's Head Coach John Speraw in a 2014 Press-Enterprise story

THE QUOTE
"I'm learning a ton. I ask guys questions all the time in the USA gym. Playing with this team and traveling to Europe has kind of opened doors for me." – Taylor Sander in a 2014 Press-Enterprise story

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