AVCA DI Player of the Week: Hawaii rightside hitter Nikki Taylor
IRVINE, Calif.—Hawaii's Nikki Taylor earned Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week after she helped to lead UH to an upset over No. 2 Florida while sweeping all three matches in the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge last week.
Taylor averaged 4.75 kills, 2.25 digs, 1.33 blocks and 0.75 service aces per set to help the Rainbow Wahine take down San Diego State, Florida and Eastern Washington for the tournament title. She also hit .252 with a tournament-high 57 kills to go along with 27 digs, 16 blocks and nine service aces.
The 6-3 opposite from Honolulu and Kaiser High School came up big for the Rainbow Wahine in their thrilling, five-set win over the second-ranked Gators. Taylor slammed a career-best 27 kills and added a season-high 17 digs in the win. She hammered the set-winning kill in set two to knot the match at a set apiece and then delivered the final dagger on match point against Florida.
Taylor posted 11 kills and a season and game-high eight blocks in the sweep of the Aztecs. Against the Eagles, Taylor drilled a match-high 19 kills—nine of which came in the decisive fourth set—and had five stuffs at the net.
She has led the Rainbow Wahine in kills in all nine matches this season. Taylor also tied her career-high three times with three service aces in each contest.