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Taylor Mims signs professional volleyball contract with CV Harris of Spain

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jan 10, 2019
Former Billings Senior volleyball standout Taylor Mims has been named American Volleyball Coaches Association third-team all-American. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

(Editor’s note: Washington State athletics release)

TENERIFE, Spain – Washington State Volleyball all-American Taylor Mims signed her first professional volleyball contract with CV Haris of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain announced Thursday by the organization.

The senior from Billings, Montana, Mims was a force for the Cougars of 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, 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).

Mims helped anchor the Cougars this season to a 23-10 overall record, and a No. 16 overall seed in the NCAA Championship Tournament, earning the right to host the opening two rounds of action. Washington State downed Northern Arizona and Tennessee to advance into the Sweet Sixteen, where WSU ultimately fell against No. 1 overall seed, and eventual 2018 NCAA Champion Stanford. She generated big offensive numbers throughout the three post-season matches, totaling 48 overall kills to fuel the Cougars on their best tournament run since 2002.

Taylor will look to make a big impact for CV Haris, a member of the Women’s Volleyball Super League in Spain, which currently sits a top of the table, just a point ahead of CV Murillo. Mims discussed that she will look to “grow as a player. Tenerife seems like a great place to start my first experience as a professional player.” She will also continue “to learn and improve as a player to contribute to the team as much as possible,” as her professional career begins to unfold, beginning in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.