The 2018 collegiate volleyball season was a memorable one for Taylor Duryea, who is Metropolitan State University of Denver’s nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The former first-team all-state selection at Sky View is one of a record 585 nominees for the annual award, which recognizes graduating female athletes who have excelled in athletics, academics and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Duryea shined during her final season at MSU Denver, a Division II program that competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). The 2013 Herald Journal All-Valley Volleyball Player of the Year garnered honorable mention All-America honors, plus first-team all-region and all-conference accolades after finishing fourth in the RMAC in kills per set (3.46).
The 5-foot-11 outside hitter led the Roadrunners in kills (381) and tied for the team lead in aces (31). Additionally, Duryea, who recorded a .198 hitting percentage, was third on the squad in digs (292) and blocks (53).
Duryea helped lead MSU Denver to a 21-10 record as a senior, including a 15-3 mark in conference play. The daughter of Angie and Tim Duryea recorded 12 double-doubles during the season, including two in the RMAC tournament. The Roadrunners made it to the championship match, and Duryea was named to the all-tourney team.
No. 10 also fared well as a junior as she was a second-team all-conference selection. During her two years in Denver, Duryea racked up 669 kills and 380 digs.
Duryea, who ranks 18th in school history in kills per set (3.1), was tabbed the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3, 2018.
Duryea transferred to MSU Denver from RMAC rival Dixie State University. She played two seasons for the Trailblazers and started 25 matches as a sophomore. Duryea amassed 1,148 kills during her collegiate career.
Taylor Duryea’s father, Tim, was Utah State’s head basketball coach for three seasons from 2015-18 and is currently an assistant coach at Boise State. Tim Duryea was an assistant under Stew Morrill at USU from 2001-15.
Angie Duryea, Taylor’s mother, was an All-American volleyball player at Colorado State. Angie Duryea is still CSU’s career and single-season record-holder in kills with 1,856 and 707, respectively.
Taylor Duryea is one of 131 D-II nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year. The list will be whittled down to 30 — 10 from each division — and eventually nine finalists. The winner will be announced Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
Recent Utah State graduate Kashley Carter has been named to the Google Cloud Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field Academic All-America first team. The former Juab High star garnered first-team all-district honors last month.
Carter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy and was the valedictorian for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The native of Mona graduated with a 4.0 GPA and started physical therapy school at the University of Utah last month.
Carter shined during her time in Cache Valley as she is USU’s record-holder in the outdoor 5,000 meters with a time of 16 minutes, 14.46 seconds. She also ranks in the top 10 in the program record books in the indoor 3,000 (third, 9:38.21), indoor 5,000 (second, 16:32.28), outdoor 3,000 (second, 9:40.52) and 10,000 (34:37.86).