Taylor and Maglio named to AVCA All-American teams

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COLUMBUS, Ohio—The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced their 36h annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women’s volleyball on Wednesday and two University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball players were recognized on the elite list. Nikki Taylor was earned her second-straight spot on the All-America Second Team, while Emily Maglio garnered All-America honorable mention honors.

Taylor is the 17th Rainbow Wahine to earn multiple All-America awards and just the fourth to do so in the last 10 years, joining Jamie Houston (2006, ’08), Kanani Danielson (2008-11), and Emily Hartong (2011-13). She is the only player from the Big West on the first, second or third team this season. Taylor, a senior opposite from Honolulu, O’ahu, is the reigning back-to-back Big West Player of the Year and four-time all-Big West first teamer. She led the league and Hawai’i with career-highs averaging 4.54 kills per set, 0.61 service aces per set and 5.76 points (kills + blocks + aces) per set. She finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the NCAA DI in aces per set; No. 5 in points per set; and No. 14 in kills per set.

Taylor also led Hawai’i with 386 kills, 52 total aces, 490.0 total points, was second on the team with 97 blocks, and third on the squad with 196 digs. Her averages in kills, aces, digs (2.33), and blocks (1.15 p/set) were all career-highs. She finished her stellar career ranked in UH’s career record books at No. 12 with 1,377 kills and No. 8 with 117 service aces. In her four years, she amassed 665 digs, 373 blocks, and 1,694.5 career points.

For Maglio, a junior middle hitter from Coquitlam, B.C., Canada, this marks her first AVCA All-American honor on the indoor court after earning several accolades last season with the UH beach volleyball team, including All-America honors and the Big West Pairs Team of the Year award. On the hardcourt, Maglio was a force in the middle for Hawai’i. She lead both the league and the team overall with a .400 hitting percentage and 133 total blocks (1.33 per set). Her hitting percentage ranks at No. 14 in the NCAA and she was No. 30 in the nation in blocks per set. Maglio set new career highs across the board with 231 total kills, 56 digs, 12 solo blocks, 119 block assists, 131 total blocks and 303.5 total points.

Nele Barber (Long Beach State) and Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara) joined Maglio on the All-American honorable mention list.

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on Dec. 16 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.

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