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Former Billings Senior volleyball star Taylor Mims chasing records at Washington State

Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 06, 2018
Former Billings Senior volleyball standout Taylor Mims has been named preseason all-conference by the Pac-12 coaches. Mims enters her senior season this fall. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

PULLMAN, Wash. — One of the best volleyball players in Montana’s history is making an assault on the record books at a Division I program.

Taylor Mims led Billings Senior to three consecutive Class AA state titles before embarking on a collegiate career in the Pac-12 at Washington State. Now a senior for the Cougars, Mims is leaving her fingerprints all over the program.

Mims became a starter during her freshman season at Washington State. She has led the Cougars to back-to-back NCAA Championship Tournament appearances, leading the team in kills last season. Mims was named to the 2017 all-Pac-12 volleyball first team as well as and all-America honorable mention.

Mims was named to the 2018 preseason all-Pac-12 team after proving to be one of the top talents in the conference last season. She has led Washington State to a 4-0 start to begin the season.

Washington State jumped into the AVCA top 25 after Mims led the Cougars to a pair of victories on the road at then-No. 17 Northern Iowa. Mims racked up 19 and 26 kills in the two matches.

With those kills, Mims is within striking distance of moving into the top 10 in program history. Mims currently has 975 kills and is 80 shy of the No. 10 spot.

Mims is also moving up the career blocks record board. She currently sits at No. 10 in Washington State history in solo blocks (50), No. 8 in block assists (335) and No. 8 in total blocks (385), just one behind the No. 7 spot.

Accolades are sure to follow the season for Mims, who currently is sixth in the nation in kills per set (5.07), seventh in points per set (5.67) and seventh in attacks per set (12.93). Mims will have a chance at career kill 1,000 in Friday’s Cougar Challenge Tournament, where Washington State will take on McNeese State and Illinois State.