BYU volleyball: Sander named AVCA Player of the Year

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • esodije ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    May 1, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    Taylor has been a once-in-a-generation volleyball player. What he brings in terms of natural athleticism, skills, and instincts/smarts has been special to watch over the last four years. I, too, hope he gets to finish with a national championship, because no one deserves one more than he does.

    "Rally scoring," which I still dislike, is the practice of scoring a point on every serve, as opposed to the former convention of only being able to score when serving. It was intended to speed up the game--which it does do--but it also makes it difficult for any team to come from behind late in a game. In any case, the games don't take as long, so there are generally fewer chances to block, hit, serve, etc.--hence the need to distinguish between the two "scoring eras."

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    May 1, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Rally scoring is a volleyball scoring system in which a point is scored on every serve.

    The new scoring system was adopted around 2001 and changed the dynamics of the game.

    Since stats before and after the change to rally scoring are difficult to compare, separate records are kept for each era.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    May 1, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    Well deserved. I am sure he would trade this honor for a National Championship. I would love to see him win this match tonight which is the first step to that goal.


    Rally scoring is the current format in volleyball. Several years ago the opportunity to score a point was made only if your team served the ball. If you scored a kill when the opposing team served the ball your team got a "side-out" which gave you no points but gave you the opportunity to score by allowing your team to serve.
    Obviously the current format moves the game along faster, rewards good service defense, and is more exciting for the fans and players. The sets are shorter in rally scoring so to compare records made in rally-scoring with records during service-scoring is not really fair.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    May 1, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    What the heck is a rally-scoring record?

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    April 30, 2014 11:10 p.m.

    Congratulations Sander on a great season and great career at BYU. Good luck on finishing your sterling collegiate volleyball career with a National Championship!