Tayler Stone, a sophomore biology major, has been granted the opportunity to play on a Division III U.S. volleyball team in Italy this summer. The American team will be playing several other DIII teams from multiple countries.
Stone’s knowledge of volleyball along with her athleticism have contributed to AU’s success. This year, Stone had the most attacks and kills of any player on the team. She also led the team in points scored (262). Joining the American DIII volleyball team creates opportunity for Stone to share her skills with others and work on the talents she already has.
“This is a great opportunity for Tayler to travel and to gain more volleyball experience outside of the Midwest and even United States,” said Tami Miller, AU head volleyball coach. “It also gives her experience at a different level than our division.”
Stone first heard about the opportunity though a friend who plays at Franklin Pierce University in Boston. The friend mentioned Stone to the volleyball coach, and the coach contacted Stone. As soon as Stone was offered the opportunity, she knew it was too big to pass up.
The team Stone will be playing on consists of volleyball players from across the United States. Players are either chosen by the coach or have the opportunity to apply online. The team will travel to Italy, where they will play Division III teams from other countries. “This opportunity was a blessing. It was something I couldn’t turn down,” said Stone.
Games will be played twice a day for four of the 10 days in Italy. The other days will consist of the American team traveling to approximately 10 cities in the country, where they will visit museums and other tourist areas.
“I'm really excited for Tayler,” said Allee Donaghy, a senior athletic training major and Stone’s teammate. “She is such a hard worker and is passionate about the game. I have no doubt that she will do well and be a great example of what AU volleyball is all about. I can't wait to hear all about her trip. This is an experience of a lifetime.”
Through this opportunity, Stone will advance her skills in volleyball by playing with teammates with strengths and weaknesses that are different from her AU teammates.
“I love the fact that she will be playing over the summer,” said Miller. “She will be getting court time that she normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to get.”
— Leah Streeval is a junior from Edinburgh, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in entrepreneurship. Streeval is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
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