Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week
April 1, 2014
Taylor Sander - BYU
Senior, OH, 6-4 (Huntington Beach, Calif. - Norco High School)
Photo courtesy BYU Athletics
Taylor Sander, a 6-4 senior outside hitter for No. 2 Brigham Young University, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National Player of the Week. Sander helped the Cougars clinch the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament with a pair of victories over two teams in the top-10 of the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. Against No. 5 UC Santa Barbara, he tied his season-high with 27 kills while also hitting .477 with three assists and an ace. It was also a big match for him defensively, recording five digs and setting a new career-high in block assists with eight. He followed that with another tremendous performance, nailing 23 kills and hitting at a .526 clip in a four-set win over No. 9 UCLA. A three-time AVCA All-American, the California native finished the week averaging 5.56 kills, 6.50 points, 1.00 dig and 1.22 blocks per set while hitting an even .500.
This is the 24th time in program history a BYU student-athlete has garnered Sports Imports/Player of the Week honors and the third overall for Sander. The most recent BYU recipient of the award is Ryan Boyce, who won it on March 26th of last year. The Cougars are coached by Chris McGown.