DENVER – Utah State middle blocker Danielle Taylor was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 5-11. This is the first career WAC Player of the Week for the sophomore.
The Springville, Utah, (Springville) native, led Utah State to a 2-1 record last week as the Aggies became the first team in WAC history to defeat Hawai‘i in Honolulu. The Rainbow Wahine joined the WAC in volleyball in 1996. Taylor began her week with six kills, four digs and seven blocks against Idaho. She then recorded six kills, five digs and three blocks against Nevada and ended her week by hitting a blistering .533 (11-3-15) against Hawai’i as she posted 11 kills and five blocks. For the week, Taylor hit .276 and averaged 2.09 kills, 1.36 blocks and 0.91 digs per game. Hawai’i had won 97-straight WAC matches at home and was 169-2 (.988) in WAC play since joining the league for volleyball in 1996. The win for the Aggies is its first over a ranked opponent since it defeated then 24th-ranked UC Santa Barbara in five games on Sept. 15, 2005. The last time Utah State defeated a team ranked in the top 10 was on Sept. 12, 2000 when it beat then 10th-ranked BYU in three games in Logan. Utah State entered the match against Hawai’i having lost 20-straight contests to the Rainbow Wahine.
Other nominees included: Sarah Loney of Idaho had 59 kills in three Vandal wins... Samantha Crowder of Louisiana Tech had five kills in a loss to New Mexico State ... Karly Sipherd of Nevada had 43 kills as the Wolf Pack went 1-1 last week ... Krista Altermatt of New Mexico State had 36 kills and 17 digs in two WAC wins last week.