Maria Taylor
# 7
Outside Hitter - OH
Height: 6-2 
Senior
Previous Experience
  
Hometown
   Alpharetta, Georgia
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Release: 07/03/2006
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Maria Taylor
OH 6-2 Senior
Alpharetta, Georgia

Career Match Highs
Kills    33, at Ga. Tech (9/7/07)
Attempts    80, at Arkansas (10/5/07)
Attack Pct.    .739, vs. Grambling (9/2/05)
Assists    3 (2x), last vs. Miss. St. (11/4/07)
Aces    7, vs. UAB (8/25/06)
Digs    26, at Auburn (11/7/07)
Blocks    10, at Arkansas (10/5/07)

2008 Season:
Named All-SEC Second Team...Started all 31 matches playing in all 117 sets leading the team in kills (409), kills per set (3.50), attacks (1,031), points (476.0) and points per set (4.07) while also recording 28 services aces, 261 digs and 70 blocks...Named to CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Third Team (11/6)...Contributed 10 kills on a .350 clip, nine digs and four blocks in win at Arkansas...Recorded double-double with a team-best 13 kills to go along with 11 digs at Ole Miss...Posted a team-best 15 kills on a .412 clip in win over Auburn...Notched double-double vs. Alabama with 12 kills and a season-high 17 digs...Provided a team-leading 13 kills on a season-high .667 attack percentage vs. Mississippi State...Recorded double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs at No. 21 Kentucky...Had six kills and seven digs at Tennessee...Named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week (10/28) and SEC Offensive Player of the Week (10/27) following efforts vs. S. Carolina and No. 8 Florida...Led team with 13 kills to go along with a season-best seven blocks and eight digs in upset win over No. 8 Florida...Recorded double-double with a match-best 17 kills on a .308 clip and a season-high 16 digs in 3-2 win over S. Carolina to go along with six blocks...At Mississippi State, recorded 10 kills, seven digs, three blocks and three-straight aces...Notched a match-best 12 kills on a season-best .500 attack percentage at Alabama...Posted 21 kills on a .366 clip at Auburn...Had 11 kills on .304 clip vs. LSU...Recorded seventh double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs in win at home vs. Arkansas...Team leader in kills vs. Kentucky (15) and Tennessee (9)...Named to Texas Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording a team-leading 45 kills (3.75 per set) on a .354 attack percentage and 33 digs (2.75 per set)...Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week (9/8) following efforts against Mercer and at the Duke Invitational...Earned Duke Invitational All-Tournament honors after recording 56 kills and 34 digs including the fourth 30-kill match of her career with 32 kills at Duke on Sept. 6...Recorded a team-best 16 kills to go along with nine digs in win over Mercer Sept. 2...Tallied a team-best 52 kills in Georgia Bulldog Invitational including 17 that were part of a double-double (11 digs) vs. Georgia State Aug. 29...Named to Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC team...Named member  of Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Third Team for volleyball by DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education Magazine...Student representative on UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors...Helped Bulldogs earn inaugural SEC Coaches Beach Volleyball Championship during spring.

2007 Season:
Helped U.S. National A2 Blue Team to bronze medal finish in Open Division of USA Volleyball Championships during summer 2008...Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition...Named All-SEC Second Team...Ranked first in SEC with 4.65 kills per game, which ranks eighth-best in a single season in school history...Team leader in kills (498) and points scored (603.0)...Second on team in blocks (125) and aces (40)...Fourth on team in digs (272)...Earned team’s strength and conditioning, best attacker, best offensive player and most valuable player awards...Recorded one triple-double and 10 double-doubles...Led team in kills in 23 matches...Only player in SEC to record 30 or more kills in two matches in 2007...Had team-high 22 kills vs. Arkansas...Recorded double-double with a team-best 20 kills and a career-high 26 digs at Auburn...Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week (11/5) for her efforts against Alabama and Mississippi State...Had match-high 13 kills vs. Mississippi State...Notched match-best 18 kills to lead Georgia to 3-0 win over Alabama...Recorded double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs at Tennessee...Posted team-best 25 kills along with 15 digs for double-double vs. South Carolina...Double-double with a team-best 17 kills and 12 digs at Alabama...Recorded double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs at Mississippi State... Posted Georgia’s first triple-double since 2003 and second in last 10 seasons with 29 kills, 11 digs and a career-high 10 blocks at Arkansas...Led team with match-high 16 kills in 3-0 win over Auburn...Double-double by posting 16 kills and 12 digs vs. No. 22 LSU...Had 17 kills and 12 digs for double-double vs. Ole Miss...Notched double-double with 31 kills and 12 digs while also tying a then career-high eight blocks vs. Tennessee...Eclipsed 1,000 career kills with 15 at South Carolina...Had a then career-high 19 digs at sixth-ranked Florida and recorded double-double with 10 kills...Recorded career-high 33 kills at Georgia Tech...Posted season best hitting percentage of .611 vs. Wofford.

2006 Season:
Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition...Exploded for a career-high 30 kills (on 78 attacks) during a five-game showdown with Auburn...Registered 10 double-doubles to lead the Bulldogs during their 2006 campaign...Was second in the SEC with an average of 4.52 kills per game...Earned a spot on the Georgia Invite All-Tournament team after posting 52 kills, nine aces, 25 digs and a .354 hitting percentage over three matches to start the season...Recorded 18 kills and a career-high 18 digs against Ole Miss on the road on Nov. 3...Had 20 or more kills six times for the Bulldogs...Gave strength to Georgia’s defense by picking up five total blocks during  three different matches, including during a 3-0 sweep of Mercer...Topped the conference with a career-high 78 total attempts and seven aces in 2006...Led the Bulldogs with 107 games played in 2006.

2005 Season:
All-SEC Freshman Team...Tied her career high with 21 kills at Auburn on Nov. 4...21 kills in Georgia’s second match with Kentucky...A career-high six solo blocks at Tennessee...Twice has posted 19 kills in a match, once against South Carolina and once against Ole Miss...Had 18 kills in a match against Arkansas...Twice named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week, once after posting a total of 35 kills against Georgia Southern and Grambling and again after a 19-kill effort at Ole Miss (with a .500 hitting percentage)...Her 18 kills against Grambling went with a .739 hitting percentage...Third on the team with 3.25 kills per game and 338 total kills.

High School/Club:
A member of the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior National A2 team...A two-sport star in volleyball and basketball at Centennial High School and was named All-State in both sports...A highly touted basketball player, Taylor was named to the Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Year...She was nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman by her high school and was also named the Fulton County Scholar Athlete of the Year...Named Offensive MVP three years on the volleyball team, was a three-time All-Region selection and All-State as a senior...In basketball set the all-time school record with 1,184 points...2004 Centennial High Homecoming Queen...A member of the National Honor Society.

Personal:
Daughter of Steve and Suzette Taylor...Has a brother, Steve, and a sister, Savannah ...Born May 12, 1987.

TAYLOR’S CAREER STATISTICS

Year
SP
MP
KK/S
E
TA
Pct.
A
A/S
SA
SA/S
SE
DIG
D/S
RE
BS
BA
TB
B/S
BE
BHE
Points
Pts./S
2005
104
28
338
3.25
142
915
.214
1
0.01
1
0.01
1
50
0.48
2
23
21
44
0.42
5
2
372.5
3.58
2006
107
31
484
4.52
207
1297
.214
170.16
340.3238274
2.56
151963
820.7743568.5
5.31
2007
107
30
498
4.65214
1274
.223
210.20
40
0.37
37272
2.54
15120
125
1.17
152603.0
5.64
 2008117
31
409
3.50
157
1031
.244
24
0.21
28
0.24
50
261
2.23
19
8
62
70
0.60
6
5
476.0
4.07
Totals
435
120
1729
3.97
720
4517
.223
63
0.14
103
0.24
126
857
1.97
37
55
266321
0.74
30
12
2020.0
4.64