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Ms. versatility

Stone is playing her third different position for Towner-Granville-Upham

September 10, 2009
Matt Mullally

Towner senior Taylor Stone is used to change on the volleyball court.

When she was a sophomore she played the libero position. As a junior she played setter. So it didn't come as a surprise when she found herself in a different spot on the court - the front row as an outside hitter for the Titans.

"Wherever they need me, I'll play,'' said the three-year starter.

She's now an outside hitterand is called upon to provide much-needed offense.

Her ability to play different positions on the court speaks well of her athleticism.

"She's been a versatile player for us,'' said Cassie Felber, T-G-U coach.

Stone knows how crucial, yet different, her role is this season. Instead of setting up the hitters, she is now one of them and realizes she must make the most of her opportunities at the net to get a hard hit through blockers.

"I'm still getting comfortable with it, but it's been a pretty good change,'' she said.

At just 5-5, Taylor, isn't an intimidating presence at the net, but her leaping ability enables her to rise over the net for a kill.

One of her attributes is her work ethic, Felber said. "I don't think there is a player who hustles on the court as much as Taylor. She's getting to the loose balls not giving up on a point."

Her importance to the team extends beyond her play. As a senior, she takes her leadership role seriously.

"It's important to be a good communicator on the court,'' she said, "and keep things positive."

Taylor is well respected by her teammates, Felber said, and her presence has a sort of calming effect on the team.

One would be hard-pressed to find another Titan in better shape, either. For the second year in a row, she is also running cross country on neighboring Rugby's team.

She runs either before school or after volleyball practice in the afternoons, making for some long days.

A two-sport athlete is not for everyone, but Stone enjoys the challenge.

And she's having fun doing it.

"This is my senior year, so I want to make the most of it,'' she said.



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