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Taylor Bruns

  • position S
  • height 5-11
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Normal, Ill.
  • Previous School University
  • position S
  • height 5-11
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Normal, Ill.
  • Previous School University

Taylor Bruns Bio

2012-13 Gamecock Spotlight Video

Bruns’s 2009 Match-by-Match Statistics
Bruns’s 2010 Match-by-Match Statistics
Bruns’s 2011 Match-by-Match Statistics
Bruns’s 2012 Match-by-Match Statistics

  • 2012 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2011 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2010 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2009-10 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Finished her four years with top-10 placements in South Carolina’s career assists and assists-per-sets charts … Ranks sixth with 2,858 career assists and eighth with a 7.58 assists-per-set average. 2012 (SENIOR): Started 30 matches at setter … Led the team and stood ninth in the Southeastern Conference with a 9.34 assists-per-set average … Also stood 19th in the SEC with 0.22 aces per set, good for second on the team … Hit .318 with 1.02 kills per set … Had eight double-doubles … Posted her season high of three aces in the lidlifter against Temple (8/24) … Tallied her first kills/assists double-double in the win over Clemson (9/7) with 10 kills without an error and 30 assists … Also had seven digs and hit .588 in that contest, setting career highs in percentage and kills … Had two 50+ assist matches, with 54 coming in the first against UAB (9/8) … Added eight kills and eight digs against the Blazers … Named MVP of the Carolina Clash, averaging 2.33 kills, 2.67 digs and 11.78 assists per match against Clemson, UAB and Winthrop … Dished out 49 assists to go with seven kills and eight digs in the win over LSU (9/16) … Posted 49 assists, seven kills, eight digs and three blocks at home against Alabama (10/12) … Guided the team to .400+ hitting percentage matches in the wins over Mississippi State (10/19 & 11/9) … Compiled a season-best 15 digs to go with 46 assists and three block assists at Alabama (11/16) … Piloted the team to a program five-set match record .357 hitting percentage in the finale against Arkansas (11/23) … Had 52 assists, four kills, two aces and seven digs against the Razorbacks … Garnered recognition on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. 2011 (JUNIOR): One of three Gamecocks to play in all 30 matches, missing only two sets on the year … Led the team in assists and finished seventh in the SEC with her 9.52 average … Also led the Gamecocks with 0.25 aces per set and ranked fourth on the team with 2.53 digs per set … Led the team in every match in assists and seven times in aces … Also led the team in digs in one match … Had 12 double-doubles on the year … Named the Temple Invitational’s most valuable setter after helping the Gamecocks win the event, posting a season-best 20 digs and four block assists in the season-opening win over Montana (8/26) … Had five matches with seven or more kills … Posted eight kills without an error to go with 46 assists in the win over Elon (9/3) … Named to the Gamecock Invitational All-Tournament Team, dishing out 11.38 assists per set in the event … Made a career-best 59 assists and 14 digs in the triumph over Colllege of Charleston (9/10) … Followed that with four kills and three aces to go with 34 assists and 12 digs in the Winthrop win (9/10)…Had a season-best nine kills and 44 assists in the sweep of Mississippi State (10/21) … Tied for the team lead with 14 points, tallying seven kills without an error with 30 assists and a career-high-tying six aces in the Alabama victory (11/6) … Those six aces tied for fourth on South Carolina’s three-set match charts … Posted 89 assists in the final home weekend in the wins over Auburn and Georgia (11/18-20) … Earned placement on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. 2010 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 29 matches, starting 26 … Led the team with 759 assists, ranking seventh in the SEC with 7.30 assists per set … Also ranked fifth in the league and second on the team with 0.30 aces per set … Tallied five double-doubles on the season … In SEC matches only, she was seventh with 6.22 assists per set and sixth with 0.26 service aces per set … Landed six aces, tying for second most in a five-set affair, to go with 40 assists, seven digs and two block assists against BYU (8/28) … Posted six kills and a career-best 54 assists against College of Charleston (9/4) … Posted seven points on three kills and four aces in the win over South Carolina State (9/10) … At No. 18 Tennessee (9/17), had the best outing of her career at that point with eight kills on a .350 hitting percentage, 35 assists and 10 digs, her first career double-double … Posted 27 assists and a career-best 14 digs in the win over The Citadel (9/26), as the Gamecocks started their transition into the 6-2 alignment … Had 24 assists and 11 digs against Arkansas (10/1) … Posted 11 digs and 18 assists in the win at Mississippi State (10/8) … Had 35 assists, 11 digs and four aces at Mississippi (10/31) … Compiled 29 assists and four service aces in the home win over Alabama (11/12) … The next night, posted nine kills on a .533 hitting percentage, both career bests, with 41 assists and eight digs in the triumph over Mississippi State (11/13) … Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. 2009 (FRESHMAN): Started the season as a serving specialist before playing as the second setter in the 6-2 alignment … Sparked the Gamecocks to a comeback against No. 15 Kentucky, helping the squad force a fifth set and get within one point of tying it in the final frame with her 11 assists and zero service errors in 15 attempts … Returned to the rotation full-time against Mississippi (10/23), making 13 assists and four digs in the outing … Tallied a career-best 24 assists against Arkansas (10/25) … Was perfect on her three dump attempts at Alabama (11/1) … Also had 22 assists and three kills against Georgia (11/8) … Led the team in both the Arkansas and Georgia outings in assists, the only times she accomplished that feat in 2009 … Made a career-high eight digs versus No. 19 LSU (11/15) … Earned placement on the 2009-10 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Under coaches Cathy Sanders and Pam Naffziger at University High School, she earned four letters in volleyball … Earned honorable mention All-State honors from both the Chicago Tribune and the Champaigne News-Gazette after her senior season … All-Area Player of the Year by the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph as a senior to go with her two all-area first-team accolades … First-team All-Corn Belt Conference as a junior and senior as well … Two-time team MVP … Led her team to three-consecutive conference titles, winning 29 games or more in each of her last two years … Earned second-team all-conference and second-team Pantagraph All-Area honors as a sophomore … Totaled 542 kills during her four-year high school career while hitting .307 … Played with the Illini Elite club team headed by director Andy Erins … The team finished in the top 10 in various national tournaments in its age group … Won the 17s championship at AAU nationals in 2008, not dropping a set during the tournament … Earned all-tournament honors each year from 15s to 18s at the USA Volleyball, AAU and Junior Volleyball Directors Association … Earned a spot on University’s honor roll in seven of her eight semesters. PERSONAL: The daughter of Scott and Janette, Taylor Jeanne Bruns is her full name … Has three brothers: Austin, Jackson and Carter … Enjoys reading, writing and shopping and lists Matchbox Twenty as one of her favorite music groups … Chose the Gamecocks over Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Iowa State, Ohio and Wake Forest … Majoring in middle level education.

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