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Taylor Mims named AVCA 3rd-team all-American

Posted at 1:09 PM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 20:27:49-05

(Editor’s note: Washington State University athletics release)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State volleyball senior Taylor Mims was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Third Team, along with senior McKenna Woodford, and junior Jocelyn Urias earning Honorable Mentions picks as well, as was announced by the organization Wednesday.

The senior from Billings, Montana, Mims has continued to lead Washington State both offensively, and defensively throughout her four-year career. Taylor finished the 2018 season ranked second overall on WSU in total kills with 411, and a hitting percentage of .224, and has been extremely efficient on the year with a team-high 3.81 kills per set. She saw herself in the top ranks of various stat categories within the Pac-12 as well, including sixth in points per set, seventh in kills per set, 10th in overall kills, 11th in total points, and 12th overall in solo blocks. She has continued to move up in the Washington State Volleyball all-time ranks as the year progressed, after hitting the 1,000 kill mark earlier this season, and currently stands at seventh overall all-time with 1,310 kills.

Mims is also ranked in multiple other all-time in Cougar volleyball stat categories including, third in total points at 1,639.0, ninth in total attack attempts at 3,562, and 10th overall in attack percentage with .214. Defensively Taylor has been a force, ranked in the top ten in four different blocking stat categories for the Cougars all-time as she is fourth in total blocks (437), fourth in block assists (374), sixth overall in solo blocks (63), and finished 10th overall in blocks per set (0.97).

A senior from Chandler, Arizona, McKenna Woodford has anchored the prime offensive duties opposite Mims this season with a team-high 436 kills this year, with 3.35 kills per set to go along with her high-powered game. Woodford’s continued success has seen her climb the all-time WSU volleyball ranks as well, currently at eighth overall in total kills with 1,257 overall. McKenna has also accumulated 1,445.5 total points throughout her career, placing her fourth all-time, just behind fellow teammate Mims on the WSU Volleyball all-time list. Woodford led the offensive attack in the opening round sof the NCAA Tournament, helping the Cougars pick up wins over NAU and UT with 16 kills against the Lumberjacks, and 19 against the Volunteers to see WSU advance into the Sweet Sixteen regional for the first time since 2002.

A redshirt junior from Tijuana, Mexico, Jocelyn Urias has been getting it done on the court both offensively, and defensively for the Cougars this season. Jocelyn is currently third overall in kills with 298, averaging 2.29 kills per set, but has been incredibly efficient as she has posted a team-high .325 hitting percentage this season. Defensively Jocelyn has thrived in the middle totaling 139 total blocks on the year, with seven solo blocks, and 121 block assists. Urias posted solid matches in the tournament victories over both NAU and UT, as she totaled 13 kills, a .423 hitting percentage, four aces, and two blocks against Northern Arizona, and went on to record 10 kills, and three blocks in the Sweet Sixteen against No. 1 Stanford.