VolleyMob Player of the Week: Tulsa’s Taylor Horsfall

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 10th, 2017 | ACC, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News, Pac 12

Hall of Fame football coach Bear Bryant once said, “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.” For six weeks, VolleyMob has honored standout offensive and all-around efforts, but for the first time in 2017, VolleyMob is honoring a defensive player as our National Player of the Week.

Tulsa libero Taylor Horsfall notched 8.3 digs per set, including a historic effort, in the Golden Hurricane’s five-set matches with UCF and USF. The sophomore pulled up a school record 44 digs in the win over UCF, while helping Tulsa limit the Golden Knights to a .136 hitting effort. The Houston native followed that with a 39 dig, eight assist performance against the Bulls. For her efforts, Horsfall earned American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.


Honorable Mention

Catie Cronister, Wofford – So., OH

Southern Conference Off. POW; 3 double-doubles vs. Presbyterian, UNCG and Western Carolina; 5.43 kills per set, 3.64 digs per set, six aces and six blocks. Downed 22 kills, hit .333 and added 16 digs vs. Presbyterian; notched a career-high 30 kills and 20 digs with two blocks and two aces vs. UNCG; 24 kills, 15 digs, four aces, 2 blocks vs. Western Carolina.


Adora Anae, Utah – Sr.,

Pac 12 POW; 5.00 kps, .250 hitting, 3.00 dps, 3 blocks; 25 kills and 11 digs vs. Washington; 20 kills, 16 digs vs. WSU; became all-time career kills leader (1635)


Taylor Smith, Eastern Illinois – Jr., S/OH

Notched fourth triple double of the season; averaged 5.86 assists, 3.57 kps (25 kills), 1.42 bps (10 blocks), 4.00 dps (28 digs) .Tallied 13 kills, 22 assists, 20 digs vs. UT Martin; 12 kills, .407, 19 assists, 3 aces, 5 blocks, 8 digs vs. SEMO


Tabitha Brown, Wichita State – Jr., OH

4.83 kps, 4.17 dps, .324; 14 kills, 10 digs, 1 block, 1 ace at Tulane; 15 kills, 15 digs, 1 block vs. Houston


Bri Weber, Northern Iowa – Jr., OH

4.67 kps, 4.83 dps in wins over Indiana State, Evansville; 20 kills, .514, 9 digs, vs. ISU; 20 digs, 8 kills, .261, 2 aces vs. Evansville


Other Notables

Carlyle Nusbaum, Lipscomb – Jr., OH

Nika Markovic, Pittsburgh – So., RS

Haleigh Washington, Penn State – Sr., MB

Erin Hoppe, Texas State – Sr., S


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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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