Name: Taylor Sander
Position: Outside Hitter
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Height: 6-4 (196 cm)
Weight: 180 (80 kg)
Birthplace: Fountain Valley, Calif.
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Norco High School
College: BYU (attended 2011-14)
Olympic Experience
  • 2016 Olympic Games (bronze medal)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018 World Championship (bronze medal)
Other Career Highlights
  • Most Valuable Player and Best Spiker of the 2014 FIVB World League Final Round as the U.S. Men won the gold medal
  • Helped the U.S. Men win the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games
  • 2014 AVCA Player of the Year
  • Four-time AVCA All-American, three-time first team
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  • Helped the U.S. Men win bronze at both the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the World Championship
  • Helped the U.S. Men win gold at the 2017 NORCECA Championship
  • At the 2016 Olympic Games, led all receivers (81 receptions and eight faults on 166 attempts) and was third in aces (11 aces, .35 per set)
  • Named 2014 USAV Men's Indoor Rookie of the Year
  • Made his national team debut at the 2014 World Championship Qualifier and was named Best Server as the U.S. Men won the gold medal
  • Became a starter for the U.S. Men in his first year with the team in 2014
  • 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
  • Plays professionally in Italy
  • Played high school volleyball for Norco HS ('10)
  • 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
  • 2006-07 15U Boys' Junior Nationals All-Tournament team
  • Won every junior beach tournament with partner John Caroompas from 14-18 years old
Personal: Married Rachel McQuivey in 2015. The pair had a son in 2018...Parents are Steve and Kera Sander. Has one brother, Brenden (1995), and one sister, Britney (1989)...Brenden played on the 2014 and 2015 Men's Junior National Teams and plays at BYU

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 think whatever my role is, I'm going to embrace it. That's exactly how everybody on our team is going about it. We all want to play, but again, we want our team to be successful. However that is, that's how we've got to support each other. I think that's how we've been the last four years." – Taylor Sander discussing the 2016 Olympic Games in the Salt Lake City Tribune

Related Links

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BYU's Taylor Sander enjoys best match of the Olympics thanks to support of teammates, renewed confidence - Salt Lake City Tribune
BYU's Taylor Sander struggles in his Olympic debut, but says he and Team USA will bounce back -
Q&A with Taylor Sander -
Alexander: From Norco to Rio for Taylor Sander - Press Enterprise
High-Flying Sander Ready for Rio - Salt Lake City Tribune
VOLLEYBALL: Taylor Sander and the national team - Press-Enterprise