HUNTSVILLE – Adding to a plethora of postseason honors, Sam Houston State senior middle blocker Taylor Cunningham recently earned her first all-America nod, landing on the VolleyballMag.com Honorable Mention list.
It was a stellar year for Cunningham, who capped off her four-year Bearkat career by leading the Kats to a 22-8 record and third-place finish in the Southland Conference. Along the way she was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.
She was named the SLC Player of the Week five times in 2018 and became just the third Bearkat in history to claim the honor of the SLC Player of the Year and the first since 2012. It came as little surprise after a season that had her name littered among the SLC statistical leaders all year long.
After having playing front row during her first three year, she moved into a six-rotation role as a senior and flourished, posting 15 double-doubles in the regular season and pushing her way on to the all-tournament squad at the SLC Tournament with a triple-double in the opening round vs McNeese.
Cunningham led the Southland with 3.91 kills per set, while also ranking ninth in attack percentage (.298), sixth in blocks (1.18 bps) and just missing out on the league’s top 10 with 3.30 digs per set.
In total, she accounted for an average of 4.69 points per set, which was more than a half of a point per set more than anyone else in the Southland Conference.