Taylor Moulton left everything on the court in her senior season of volleyball at South Stokes. The Sauras team captain was recognized on the prestigious Under Armour All-American Watch List in 2015 and went on to earn Western Piedmont Conference player of the year. She’ll leave her mark on the program after shattering school records with 935 kills along with 930 digs and 132 aces.
On Wednesday she signed a letter of intent alongside her family, coaches and school administration to play at Salem College.
“She is one of the most dedicated players I’ve ever coached and I’ve been doing this for 20 plus years,” said South’s volleyball coach Doug Balser. “She’s always been athletic, but she didn’t rest on that. She constantly worked to improve her strength and agility. I wasn’t afraid to push her because she’d take it in and go out and get better.”
Along with dominating on the floor, the coach said Moulton provided strong leadership in this season’s team.
“I could point to the school records and the athletic aspect of what Taylor gave us, but her leadership was equally important. She became a role model to others on the team,” Balser said. “She managed to keep a passion for the game and have a strong influence on our younger players.”
Along with volleyball, Moulton ran indoor and outdoor track and is currently playing soccer.
“Playing sports definitely introduced me to people I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” she said. “It’s also kept me busy and in shape. I really haven’t had much of an off-season in high school.”
Moulton began playing volleyball at Southeastern Middle and jumped into travel volleyball in eighth grade. She’s been coached by Balser, West Stokes coach Jordan Stevens, and Salem College’s coach Kevin Troup for the past three years.
When she told Troup she’d decided to continue playing for him at the college level, Moulton said he was thrilled.
“All of my coaches have really helped me. Balser always pushed me past my comfort zone and Jordan helped me see what I could do. Kevin’s helped me believe in myself and that I can do what I set my mind to.”
Moulton’s parents, Olivia and Cecil, are pleased with their daughter’s college choice.
“We know there’ll be adjustments when she begins and she’ll have to make her own decisions. We really like the school and consider Kevin, her coach, a friend,” her father said.
“She’s worked hard. There were times when she left track practice and she’d go meet Andy Hepler, a volleyball trainer and spent another hour or longer with him. During volleyball season it was harder with her schedule so she’d get up early on Saturday mornings and drive to Thomasville to meet him,” Moulton’s mother said. “That’s the kind of dedication she’s had. She wanted to take the extra steps to focus on becoming better. We’re very proud of her.”
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