Dec. 14, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A pair of Ohio State women’s volleyball student-athletes, Taylor Hughes and Taylor Sandbothe, were recognized as two of the nation’s top players on Wednesday (Dec. 14) by receiving All-America laurels selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Sandbothe garnered Second Team accolades while Hughes received Honorable Mention. 2016 marks the third straight All-America campaign for Sandbothe.
Ohio State has placed at least one player on the AVCA All-America list in six consecutive seasons. During that six-year stretch, seven different Buckeyes have obtained All-America standing under the guidance of head coach Geoff Carlston. In total, Ohio State has gathered 12 All-America honors in the Carlston Era:
2009 — Katie Dull, Honorable Mention
2011 — Emily Danks, Honorable Mention | Mari Hole, Honorable Mention
2012 — Mari Hole, Third Team
2013 — Kaitlyn Leary, Honorable Mention
2014 — Elizabeth Campbell, Honorable Mention | Taylor Sandbothe, Honorable Mention | Taylor Sherwin, Honorable Mention
2015 — Elizabeth Campbell, Third Team | Taylor Sandbothe, First Team
2016 — Taylor Hughes, Honorable Mention | Taylor Sandbothe, Second Team
Since 1989, Ohio State was seen 19 different Buckeyes corral a total of 31 AVCA All-America awards.
Sandbothe surpassed Dawn McDougall (1988-91) on Nov. 2 (vs. Wisconsin) for the most career blocks in Ohio State history. Her third block of that evening marked the 518th of her career and launched her to the top of the all-time OSU list. She finished her career with 564 total blocks.
Sandbothe’s assault on the OSU Record Books includes a Top-20 standing in nine additional categories. The complete list is: 564 total blocks (1st), 455 block assists (1st), 109 solo blocks (2nd), 1.13 blocks/ set (2nd), 1,914.5 points (4th), .304 attack percentage (6th), 1,498 kills (5th), 3,348 attempts (8th), 3.84 points/set (14th) and 3.01 kills/set (19th).
Ohio State’s late-season switch to running a ‘6-2’ offense for the majority of play opened the door for Taylor Hughes to showcase her mass versatility on the volleyball court. Her wide array of skills has been symbolized in a pair of triple-doubles, both coming in Ohio State victories over then-No. 10 Penn State and at 14th-seeded Kansas State in the NCAA Second Round.
Both Buckeyes were also named AVCA All-Region and All-Big Ten earlier this year.