Dec. 6, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Taylor Sandbothe was voted to the All-Mideast Region squad on Tuesday (Dec. 6), selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). It marks the third consecutive such honor for Sandbothe. She has been joined by at least one teammate each year, including 2016 with Taylor Hughes garnering All-Mideast Region honorable mention. Both Buckeyes are now eligible for the AVCA All-America Teams. This same duo also earned All-Big Ten recognition in late November.
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 enters the Wisconsin Regional with 554 total blocks.
Sandbothe’s assault on the OSU Record Books includes a Top-20 standing in nine additional categories. The complete list is: 554 total blocks (1st), 445 block assists (1st), 109 solo blocks (2nd), 1.12 blocks/ set (2nd), 1,895.5 points (4th), .306 attack percentage (6th), 1,485 kills (5th), 3,311 attempts (10th), 3.84 points/set (14th) and 3.01 kills/set (19th).
Ohio State’s recent switch to running a ‘6-2’ offense for the majority of play has 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 last week at 14th-seeded Kansas State in the NCAA Second Round. Hughes is one of 18 players in the country to record multiple triple-doubles in 2016 with only 34 individuals able to muster at least one.