December 12, 2013
Granite Bay's Nelson named state's top volleyball player

Granite Bay High School's Taylor Nelson has been named the 2013-14 Gatorade California Volleyball Player of the Year,

The award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

The 5-foot-11 senior setter led the Grizzlies to a 45-0 record and to the CIF State Division I championship last weekend.

A two-time Sierra Foothill League Player of the Year selection, Nelson amassed 996 assists, 192 kills, 135 digs, 90 service aces and 61 blocks this season.

She had 46 assists, five kills, three digs and a block in a 3-1 title-clinching victory against Los Alamitos in the D-I title finale.

Nelson has maintained a 3.92 grade-point average.

In addition to donating her time as a mathematics and Spanish tutor, she has volunteered locally as a volleyball instructor at summer camps and as an assistant coach for the Northern California Volleyball Club's under-13 squad.

"Taylor literally ran the Granite Bay team," said Del Oro coach Stuart Kageta. "She possessed all the attributes I would look for in a setter....She ran the team with an absolute calm and kept her team composed when other teams had any runs against Granite Bay.

"As an opposing coach, the best compliment I could give is that after four years of coaching against her, I have to say that I am so happy to see her graduate."

Nelson has signed a National Letter of Intent with Cal Poly.

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