Taylor Hedges, UNI Volleyball junior defensive specialist 2019


BRAD: The UNI volleyball
team celebrated a milestone as UNI head
coach Bobbi Petersen hit the 500 wins mark. She’s now tied with her
former coach, Iradge Ahrabi-Fard. One of the common
denominators in UNI volleyball teams is solid
defense that makes it nearly impossible for
opponents to score. One of this years back row
players is Taylor Hedges. Taylor has been a mainstay
the past three years, and Eric Braley tells us more
on this junior DS. Taylor Hedges has played a
big part in the Panther volleyball team’s success
the past three years. In 2017 she played in all
but one set and ranked 4th on the team in digs. Last season she played in
112 sets and finished with 293 digs. This year she has helped
the Panthers to a first place record in the
conference standings. Having her in the back row
is really good. The back row doesn’t get
all the glory and that has to be difficult for them
but she is someone who doesn’t need it. She is someone who will
get her job done and she will celebrate whoever
gets the kill and that is a quality that is really
hard to learn so if you have it it is just really
awesome to have on the team and we are really
lucky to have her. Taylor puts the pressure
on the opponents defense with her tough serving. Her hard work behind the
service line has paid off. In my serving I take a lot
of pride in that. It is something that I
have been good at since I was younger. It is a mental game and
you have to go back there and be confident with
whatever serve they give you you just need to go
out there and have confidence you are going
to hit it and just do it. A proven winner, Taylor
won 3 state High School championships with her
Panther teammate Rachel Koop at Dike New Hartford. Taylor and I are roommates
and we grew up together so we are just really close
and have a good time together. She is just a great person
and she will do something to make the team better
rather than to make her stand out and I think that
is really important. She will give the
spotlight to anyone but her. If you were a freshman she
is someone you should look up to and aspire to be
when you are a junior and senior. I’ve learned a lot the
past 4 seasons and I have a lot of experience that
I’m bringing to the team and I’m willing to share
that knowledge with this huge freshman class that
we have and I just am excited to lead on and off
the court that I have. Taylor and the VB team
host their final two regular season games
November 22nd and 23rd, the weekend before they
host the MVC Championships over Thanksgiving weekend. Still to come, more on the
Top 10 win for UNI football with coach
Farley, and we show you the emergence of Tyler
Hoosman. And we preview the season
about to kick off for UNI Wrestling. The Panther Builders
Panther of the Week is Omar Brown. The Freshman Cornerback
earned National FCS Freshman of the Week after
grabbing 2 interceptions in the win at Illinois
State. He leads the league with 5
interceptions on the season.

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