Taylor Sander Athlete Profile

#15 Taylor Sander

Position: Outside Hitter Height: 6-4 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2011-2014 Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA Last School: Norco High School



All-America

  • 2011 AVCA Second Team
  • 2012 AVCA First Team
  • 2013 AVCA First Team
  • 2014 AVCA First Team

Summary

  • Four-time AVCA All-American (three first-team citations, one second-team citation)
  • 2014 AVCA Player of the Year
  • 2013 and 2014 MPSF Player of the Year
  • 2013 and 2014 MPSF Tournament MVP
  • Four-time All-MPSF First Team 
  • Holds the BYU all-time single-match record for service aces (nine) and career service aces (182)
  • In the rally-scoring era, is No. 1 at BYU in career kills (1,743), career attempts (3,464), career service aces (182), season attempts (1,021 in 2014), season service aces (55 in 2014) and aces in a match (nine)
  • 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)

Personal

  • Son of Steven and Kera Sander
  • Has one sister and one brother, who will join the Cougars in 2015
  • Majoring in global studies
  • Enjoys basketball, wakeboarding, golf and dancing
  • Sports hero is Michael Jordan because he worked hard to become the best at his sport
  • Non-athlete heros are his parents for giving him all the chances he gets in life and for their support
  • Recruited by UC Santa Barbara, USC, Hawaii, UC Irvine and Long Beach State

Before BYU

High School:

  • Four-year letterwinner at Norco High School under head coach Matt Survillas
  • 2006-07 Mountain View League: first team All-League
  • 2007-08 Mountain View League: All-League MVP and Inland Empire All-Tournament team
  • 2008-09 Big VIII All-League MVP and Inland Empire All-Tournament team and CIF DIII Player of the Year
  • 2009-10 Big VIII All-League MVP and Inland Empire All-Tournament team and CIF DIII Player of the Year
  • Two time DII State second-place finish

Club:

  • Summer 2008 first place gold at NORCECA in Florida for 19U Boys Youth National Team USA
  • Summer 2009 tenth-place finish in Italy at World Youth Tournament with 19U Boys Youth National Team USA - Team Captain
  • Summer 2010 first-place gold at NORCECA in Quebec, Canada for 21U Men's Junior National Team USA
  • Won every junior beach tournament with partner John Caroompas from 14-18 years old
  • 2007 AAU junior beach Player of the Year
  • 2007 & 2008 CBVA Beach Champions with John Caroompas
  • 2010 named to A1 National Team to compete in Portugal but stepped down to focus fully on indoor men's Junior National Team
  • Played on the Orange Coast Volleyball Club under coaches Miguel Monterola, Chris Shay and Dave Kniffin
  • 2005-06 14U junior nationals third-place finish
  • 2006-07 15U junior nationals All-Tournament team
  • 2007-08 16U junior nationals third-place finish
  • 2008-09 17U junior nationals All-Tournament team, fifth-place finish
  • 2009-10 18U junior nationals All-Tournament team, third-place finish
  • MVP at the 2012 Pan American Cup in the Dominican Republic, where he helped U.S. men's volleyball team win gold


2011 | Freshman Year

  • Named MPSF Freshman of the Year
  • AVCA All-America Second Team
  • MPSF All-Freshman Team
  • All-MPSF First Team
  • Played in 93 sets and started 24 matches
  • Tallied 341 kills for second most on the team, 684 attemps, 20 assists, a team-high 41 service aces, 120 digs and 73 total blocks
  • Competed the summer after his freshman year with the US Junior National Team

2012 | Sophomore Year

  • Named to the AVCA All-America First Team
  • Named to the All-MPSF First Team
  • Named MPSF Player of the Week on Jan. 16 and Jan. 23
  • Named AVCA National Player of the Week on Jan. 17
  • Played in 89 sets and 23 matches, started all 23
  • Missed 6 weeks with injury to right hand
  • Finished the season with a team-high 435 kills, 812 attempts and a .395 hitting percentage
  • Had 12 matches with 20+ kills
  • Also contributed 28 assists, a team-high 44 aces (second-most in the Rally Scoring Era for a single season), 120 digs and 69 blocks
  • Season-high 28 kills came on Jan. 6 against Loyola-Chicago
  • Season-high .750 hitting percentage came on Mar. 29 against Cal State Northridge
  • Season-high 6 aces came on Apr. 6 against UCLA (third-most in the Rally Scoring Era for a single match)
  • Season-high 10 digs came on Apr. 26 against Stanford in the MPSF Semifinals
  • Season-high 7 blocks came on Apr. 21 against Long Beach State in the MPSF Quarterfinals
  • Played the summer after his sophomore season with the USA Men's National Team

2013 | Junior Year

  • AVCA first-team All-American
  • Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team and Player of the Year
  • MPSF Player of the Year and All-MPSF First Team
  • MPSF All-Tournament MVP
  • NCAA All-Tournament team
  • Off the Block Preseason All-American
  • Named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Jan. 21
  • Broke the BYU service aces record in the modern rally era (Jan. 19) and all-time aces record (Mar. 9) in less than three years
  • Broke 1,000 career points in the beginning of his junior year
  • Started every match and played in every set
  • Finished the season with 461 kills, 42 aces, 178 digs and 93 total blocks
  • Led the team in kills, attempts, aces and digs
  • Recorded double-digit kills in the first 12 matches of the year and 29 total (out of 31)
  • Recorded 23 kills at #10 USC Feb. 16 while hiting .543 and adding 10 digs for his first double-double of the season
  • Recorded three double-doubles during the season
  • Set a season-high 25 kills and tied a career-high 7 blocks vs. #5 Stanford Feb. 23
  • Career-high 14 digs at #1 UC Irvine Mar. 1
  • Tied a career-high .750 hitting percentage vs. #12 Cal Baptist Mar. 8

2014 | Senior Year

  • AVCA Player of the Year
  • AVCA first-team All-American
  • MPSF Player of the Year
  • All-MPSF First Team
  • Off the Block Preseason All-American
  • Started all 30 matches for the Cougars
  • Played in 110 of 113 sets this season
  • MPSF Player of the Week twice (Jan. 13, Mar. 31)
  • AVCA Player of the Week (Apr. 1)
  • NCAA all-tournament selection
  • MPSF tournament MVP and all-tournament selection
  • Led the nation in points per set with 5.48
  • No. 2 nationally in kills per set (4.60) and No. 5 nationally in aces per set (.50)
  • Recorded 15 kills, 4 aces, 3 digs at No. 10 Lewis (Jan. 4)
  • Had 14 kills on .346 hitting, two aces, three digs vs. Cal State Northridge (Jan. 10)
  • Recorded 24 kills, .362 hit clip, 11 digs, two blocks, two aces vs. No. 1 Logn Beach State (Jan. 11)
  • Had 25 kills, nine digs, four blocks at No. 7 UC Irvine (Jan. 17)
  • Had career-high nine service aces, a BYU all-time record and third most in MPSF history, at UC San Diego (Jan. 18); also had 13 kills on .375 hitting
  • Had 18 kills on .389 clip, seven digs, five blocks vs. No. 6 Stanford (Jan. 24)
  • Recorded 12 kills on .706 hit clip (season high), three blocks vs. Pacific (Jan. 25)
  • Had 19 kills, .308 clip, eight digs, six blocks at No. 3 Pepperdine (Jan. 31)
  • Had 27 kills on .417 clip, two aces, six digs, four blocks at No. 8 Stanford (Feb. 15)
  • Had 15 kills, four aces, seven digs, three blocks vs. No. 7 USC (Feb. 28)
  • Had 18 kills, six digs, six blocks vs. No. 4 Pepperdine (Mar. 1)
  • Had 24 kills, 11 digs, four blocks at No. 3 Long Beach State (Mar. 7)
  • Had 13 kills, four assists (season high), four digs, four blocks at Cal State Northridge (Mar. 8)
  • Had 19 kills, .424 clip, four digs, three blocks vs. No. 8 UC Irvine (Mar. 14)
  • Had 13 kills, breaking the BYU rally-scoring career kills record, .429 clip, four digs, three blocks vs. Cal Baptist (Mar. 22)
  • Had 27 kills, .477 clip, eight block assists (career high) vs. No. 5 UCSB (Mar. 28)
  • Had 23 kills, .526 clip, four digs, three blocks vs. No. 9 UCLA (Mar. 29)
  • Had 16 kills, 12 digs at No. 10 Hawai'i (Apr. 4)
  • Recorded 15 kills, eight digs at No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (Apr. 11)
  • Recorded 15 kills, hitting .500, four digs, two blocks vs. UC Santa Barbara in MPSF semifinals (Apr. 24)
  • Had 15 kills, two aces, three blocks vs. Stanford in MPSF final (Apr. 26)
  • Had season-high 28 kills hitting .375, four aces, four digs vs. Stanford in NCAA semifinals (May 1)
  • Totaled 506 kills, 1,021 attempts, .338 hitting percentage, 32 assists, 55 aces (BYU record), 168 digs and 81 blocks (two solo) on the season