Taylen Ballard-Nixon
Outside Hitter #1
Ht
6'
3"
Class
Senior
Hometown
Clovis, 
California
Last School
Clovis High School
Roster Years
2017-2021


Personal

  • Parents are Bart and Tina
  • Has one brother and one sister
  • Married BYU men's basketball player Dalton Nixon in May 2019
  • Majoring in family life

High School

  • Four-year varsity letterman
  • Named the No. 21 Senior Aces in the class of 2017 by PrepVolleyball
  • Named to the All-Valley Team in 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Named All-Conference in 2014 and 2016
  • Named an AVCA Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2016
  • Named a 2016 AVCA/Max Preps Player of the Week
  • Named 2016 California All-State and All-TRAC
  • Named the 2016 Fresno Bee Central Valley Player of the Year
  • Named the 2015 Offensive Player of the Year despite an early season-ending injury
  • Helped lead her team to the Valley Championship and Semifinals in the Open-Division 1 State Tournament in 2014
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2017

  • Contributed a dig vs. UNR (9/8)
  • Had a kill and a dig vs. WSU (9/15)
  • Collected a season-high 10 kills on a .588 clip and three blocks vs. USF (9/23)
  • Added nine kills and four blocks vs. USD (9/30)
Sophmore Year 2018

  • Helped the Cougars to a 31-2 record, the WCC title, an NCAA Final Four appearance and a No. 4 final ranking
  • Played in 18 sets with six kills, two digs and eight block assists
  • Had two kills and two blocks vs. Pacific (9/20)
  • Collected two kills and four blocks vs. San Diego (11/2)
Junior Year 2019

  • Played in 77 sets, totaling 139 kills on a .244 percentage, adding 14 aces, 52 digs and 56 blocks
  • Helped BYU to a 26-5 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Had 12 kills, hitting .435 against Utah Valley (8/30)
  • Came off the bench to record seven kills and no errors on 14 swings in the win at No. 2 Stanford (9/21)
  • Had a career-best three aces in each game against Saint Mary's (10/5, 10/31)
  • Went off for a career-high 11 blocks (1 solo) at LMU (10/24), tied for sixth-most in a four-set match in the BYU rally scoring era
  • Led the team with 11 kills and two solo blocks vs. Portland (11/21)
  • Had a career-high 14 kills in the regular season finale against Pepperdine (11/26)
Senior Year 2021

  • Notched a season-high kill count of 14 kills against Southern Utah (8/27)
  • Held a .800 clip after her 8 kills against Long Island University (8/27)
  • Had double-digit kills three times this season (8/27, 9/2, 9/3)
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year

Senior 2020

  • AVCA All-American Honorable Mention
  • AVCA Pacific South All-Region 
  • All-WCC First Team
  • Started all 19 matches, appearing in all 63 sets, while leading BYU to a 17-2 season, the WCC title, an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and No. 15 final ranking
  • Had a career year, leading the team with 239 kills and totaling 133 digs, 38 blocks and 15 aces
  • Tallied four double-doubles 
  • Reached double-digit kills in 12 of the 17 matches, recording a career-high 24 kills at San Francisco (3/6)
  • Served a career-high four aces at Portland (1/27)

Career & Season Stats

Year MS S K E TA Pct Ast SA SE RE Dig BS BA BE BHE Pts
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Opponent Date Result S K E TA Pct Ast SA SE RE Dig BS BA BE BHE Pts
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  • Taylen Ballard-Nixon vs SMC 2019

    Taylen Ballard-Nixon vs SMC 2019

  • Taylen Ballard-Nixon BYU vs UVU 2019

    Taylen Ballard-Nixon BYU vs UVU 2019