Maria Taylor- University of Georgia


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Photo courtesy Georgia athletics.

Maria Taylor, a senior outside hitter for the University of Georgia, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. She earned the award for her strong play in helping the Bulldogs earn two key Southeastern Conference (SEC) victories last week, including an upset of then-No. 8 Florida. Taylor began the week with a double-double performance in Georgia's 3-2 win over South Carolina, pounding 17 kills on a .308 hitting percentage and scooping up 16 digs. She also recorded six blocks and two assists in the effort. The senior followed with another solid all-around performance, this time coming in the Bulldogs' five-set triumph over the Gators. Taylor narrowly missed a triple-double, nailing 13 kills and adding eight digs and seven blocks, propelling UGA to its first win over Florida since 1990, snapping a 45-match losing streak to the Gators. The victory also marked Georgia's first win over a ranked opponent since the 1995 season. For the week, Taylor averaged 3.00 kills, 2.40 digs, 1.30 blocks and 3.70 points per set. This is the fourth time an athlete from Georgia has earned the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award. The last Bulldog to win the award was Alexandra Oquendo on Oct. 11, 2004. Georgia is coached by Joel McCartney.


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