Cougars' Sander named AVCA Player of the Year

2014-04-30T21:24:00Z 2014-05-01T07:44:04Z Cougars' Sander named AVCA Player of the YearDaily Herald Daily Herald
April 30, 2014 9:24 pm  • 

CHICAGO — BYU senior outside hitter Taylor Sander received the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year award Wednesday.

"It feels good to win," Sander said. "It’s just a lot of work that goes into it. Having such a great team is, of course, helpful. They’ve got my back and they’ve pushed me to be a better player in practice. I wouldn’t be here without my team. I’m grateful for my family and all the people that have helped me get to where I am."

Sander, a 6-foot-4 product of Huntington Beach, Calif., leads the nation in points per set with 5.43 and is second in the nation with 4.55 kills per set. This season he has a .336 hitting percentage and contributes 1.56 digs per set.

He holds the BYU rally-scoring era record for career kills with 1,715 and the all-time BYU record for career service aces with 178. Sander is tied for the BYU rally-scoring record for aces in a season with 51.

Sander was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, as well as MVP for the MPSF tournament after the Cougars defeated Stanford in three sets for the title. 

"It’s nice to see Taylor honored for the amount of work that he’s put in and the contributions that he’s made to our program," BYU head coach Chris McGown said. "It’s good to see him rewarded for what he’s done for our fans and the excitement that he’s brought to our matches and our volleyball team."

The award is BYU's second AVCA Player of the Year honor. Carlos Moreno won the award in 2004. Sander was named AVCA Newcomer of the Year in 2011.

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