Improve Your Volleyball.com interviews University of Kansas volleyball
player Tayler Tolefree.
"What makes me special is not volleyball related. I am special because
of the people in my life who care about me and love me."
"I don't require much accessories/equipment, I just like to have a good
headband that won't fall off! :)"
"Pre-game habits usually include listening to my iPod and lately my
favorite song is 'I'm Gonna Get You' by Bizarre, Inc."
"My teammates inspire me to want to play well in each match. We work
hard in the off season and in practice and when it's game time, I want
to do my part to help us win and prove we are a good team."
-University of Kansas volleyball Taylor Tolefree
voted the Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week by the
leagues head coaches.
Tolefree paced the Jayhawks to their third tournament championship of
the non-conference season at the DePaul Invitational last weekend,
powering Kansas to an 11-1 start.
The Lawrence, Kan., junior knocked down a team-best 22 blocks over
the weekend, good for 1.83 blocks per set.
She and fellow middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc helped the
Jayhawks block more than three blocks (3.17) per set in the three-match
span to propel KU to the tournament title.
She and Jarmoc now have the Jayhawks blocking 2.84 balls per set,
which ranks third in the Big 12.
Tolefree’s 1.25 blocks per set on the season is tied for fifth in the
She highlighted her weekend in a five-set battle against second-place
Valparaiso on Saturday. Tolefree broke her old personal best in kills (13)
by the end of the third set on the way to collecting 17 total against the
Adding to her brilliant effort, the junior blocked a career-best 11 balls
for the first double-double of her career.
This marks the first Big 12 Player of the Week award for Tolefree and
the Jayhawks’ first weekly honoree since Melissa Manda earned the
Defensive Player of the Week nod on Oct. 11, 2010.
University of Illinois Volleyball Player Erin Johnson
Iowa State Cyclones Volleyball Player Hannah Willms
University of Kansas Volleyball Player Tayler Tolefree
LSU Womens Volleyball Player Meghan Mannari
TCU Volleyball Player Kristen Hester
Xavier University Volleyball Player Aubree Smith
College Player Amanda Vialpando
UC Irvine Volleyball Player Kristin Winkler
UCF Volleyball Player Rachel Vukson
Texas State University Volleyball Player Amari Deardorff
University of Miami Volleyball Player Lane Carico
Hofstra University Volleyball Player Kelsie Wills
University of Dayton Volleyball Player Rachel Krabacher
University of Dayton Volleyball Player Megan Campbell
UWM Volleyball Player Morgan Potter