Athlete of the Week: Taylor Mims

Mims had impressive performance in series against No. 17 UNI



Then-junior outside hitter Taylor Mims hits the ball past Colorado blockers on Oct. 6, 2017 in Bohler Gym.

TAYLOR DUNLAP, Evergreen sports editor

The Evergreen Athlete of the Week for Aug. 26 – Sept. 1 is Cougar volleyball’s senior outside hitter Taylor Mims.

Mims has played a crucial role in the success of the undefeated No. 23 WSU (4-o) volleyball team so far this season. Each match this season, Mims has led the team in kills and started many game-changing rallies, leading her team to victories.

WSU, then unranked, upset No. 17 Northern Iowa 3-1 on the road in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Friday. In the first set, UNI was trailing by only one point late in the frame when Mims started a rally with her fifth kill of the set, putting WSU up one set in the match.

In the second set, UNI found holes late in the frame evening the match 1-1. However, in the next set Mims once again caught fire late in the frame tallying off four kills to help the Cougars grabbed the third set. With the momentum Mims brought in the third set, WSU easily sealed off the fourth set to win the match.

Mims continued to bring her explosive energy to the match Saturday resulting in another 3-1 victory over Northern Iowa. In the final two sets of the match, Mims laid down 19 kills and finished with 26 in the match, tying her career high.

Mims and the Cougars will be back in action at noon Friday when they take on McNesse State in Bohler Gym during the Cougar Challenge Tournament.