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Taylor Akason
Taylor  Akason

Class:
RS Freshman

Hometown:
Kansas City, Mo.

High School:
Lee's Summit West HS

Height:
6-0

Position:
Opposite

Experience:
SQ


08/23/2017

Women's Volleyball Opens 2017 in Northern California

The Waves return 10 letterwinners and five starters and a libero in 2017.

07/27/2017

109 Waves Named to WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

Women's soccer led all teams with 17 honorees.

11/18/2017

Women's Volleyball vs. LMU (11/18)

Women's Volleyball vs. LMU (11/18)

10/14/2017

Women's Volleyball vs. Santa Clara (10/14)

Women's Volleyball vs. Santa Clara (10/14)

10/12/2017

Women's Volleyball vs. USF (10/12)

Women's Volleyball vs. USF (10/12)

09/30/2017

Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Mary's (9/30)

Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Mary's (9/30)

09/01/2017

Women's Volleyball vs. Northeastern (Aug. 31, 2017)

Women's Volleyball vs. Northeastern (Aug. 31, 2017)

PEPPERDINE 2016: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll 'silver' honors ... Redshirted during the 2016 season.

CLUB: Played for Invasion Volleyball Club from 2012 through 2016 … The team finished third in the Junior Nationals open division in 2015 and 10th in 2016 after dropping to the eventual champions … The team finished 13th in 2014 … She posted the third highest kill and attack percentage behind two top-10 recruits in the 2016 graduating class (Audriana Fitzmorris – Stanford; Lexi Hart – Minnesota) … The club won the Show Me Qualifier open level in 2014 and 2015 and finished 2nd in 2016 … They won the Big D Qualifer open level in 2016 and finished 5th at JVA World Championships open level in 2016 … The team also won the Mid East Qualifier at the open level in 2015 and finished second in 2014 and won the Northern Lights Qualifier open level in 2014.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Mo. in 2016 … Lettered four years at LSWHS in the Kansas City Suburban Conference Gold Division under Head Coach Lori Hanaway … During those four years, the team went 98-39-5 overall … Earned All-Region and All-District first team honors and garnered All-KCSC Gold Division second team honors throughout her career … As a senior, she was named a PrepVolleyball Senior Ace, a PrepVolleyball Preseason All-American and was on the UnderArmour All-American Watch List … Lee’s Summit West garnered three Suburban Conference titles and three 6A District Championships from 2012-14 and were a State 6A runner-up in 2012 during her freshman outing … She also lettered in track and field and was a member of the state qualigying 4x800 relay team … On the academic side, she was a member of the National Honor Society, earned three academic letters and earned an International Baccalaureate Program certificate.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Mark and Megan Akason … Has two younger siblings, Lauren and William … Majoring in Psychology at Pepperdine … Her father played football for Hall of Fame Coach Hayden Fry at the University of Iowa and her mother was a Big Ten multi-sport letterwinner at the University of Iowa in cross country and indoor/outdoor track and field … Stated that she chose to attend Pepperdine “for the academic excellence, rich volleyball history and the opportunity to play for Scott Wong and his staff…after researching its mission and academics, I realized it is my dream school” …  She also plays violin and piano and has sung solos at school productions … She has also modeled in New York, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Chicago since 14.

FAVORITES: Favorite pro athlete is Steph Curry … Favorite professional team are the Kansas City Royals … Favorite book is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer … Favorite movies are 16 Candles and The Breakfast Club … Favorite TV shows are Criminal Minds, Scandal and Project Runway … Favorite musical artist is Coldplay … Favorite foods are Acai bowls, smoothies and Oreos … Favorite sports other than volleyball are swimming and track and field … Favorite hobbies and pastimes away from the sport include anything outdoors.

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