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Sander Breaks Kill Record

Taylor Sander had 13 kills Saturday to lead the Cougars to another home victory. But one of those kills will be etched in the stone of BYU Volleyball history.

After taking the first set, the Cougars found themselves trailing the Cal Baptist Lancers in the second. Sander shut down the Lancer attack with a block as his team battled back within two. On the next play, the Sandman got his eighth kill, narrowing the lead to one, but also landing himself in the top spot in the record books. The very next play, Sander solidified his position by getting another kill that tied the score at 21 in a set the Cougars would go on to win. During a time out, the announcement was made and fans rose to their feet to pay tribute to the king of kills. But Sander knows his accomplishment represents the team he plays on.

"It feels really good. It's a special moment for me, but I can't do it without my teammates and we’ve just got to keep working and play good the rest of the season," Sander said.

With 1,563 career kills, the Sandman moves past Robb Stowell, seizing the number one spot for total kills in the rally-scoring era, and moving to number two all-time. Sander averages 16.3 kills per match, so his performance Saturday night wasn't anything out of the norm. Head Coach Chris McGown says his leading scorer acted like it was business as usual. 

"He's never said a word to me about it. I've never said a word to him about it. I didn't hear anybody on the team talk to him about it. I think these things are just a product of playing well and so we don't think about it too much,” McGown said.

Sander continues to add to his own number, but is still 234 kills behind all-time leader, Ryan Millar, who racked up 1,797 kills during the side-out scoring era. Taylor's record is just another milestone for the Cougars, who have six regular season matches left and a comfortable lead in conference as they look to return to the National Championship. 

“It's certainly a nice achievement for him but it's not what we're about right now and it isn't really part of the culture of this team to think about records. It's about, let's win this match and then, let's win the next one and the next one. Let's keep getting better," McGown said.

As the Cougars continue to get better, Sander will finish his senior season as one of the best. 

From the desk of Alan Miller, assistant producer of “BYU Sports Nation” on BYU Radio.

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