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Taylor Bruns
Taylor  Bruns


Normal, Ill.

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Gamecocks Lead Way with 74 Student-Athletes on SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll


Looking Back at the 2012 Volleyball Season


Gamecocks Outlast Arkansas in Five Sets to Close 2012

Christina Glover and Taylor Bruns lead the way on Senior Day


Gamecocks Fall in Three at No. 16 Florida

Thévenin with 14 kills, Howley posts 11 with a season high-matching .526 hitting percentage


Behind Thévenin's 27 Kills, Gamecocks Take Thriller at Alabama in Five Sets

Junior sets personal bests in kills, attempts, blocks and solo blocks in the outing


Volleyball vs. Arkansas 11/23/12

Shots from the Gamecocks' five-set win to end the 2012 season


Volleyball vs. Tennessee 11/11/12

Shots from the South Carolina-Tennessee volleyball match on Nov. 11, 2012


Volleyball vs. Miss. State 11/9/2012

Shots from the Gamecocks' sweep of Mississippi State on Nov. 9, 2012


VB vs. Texas A&M

Photos of the Oct. 28 volleyball match between South Carolina and Texas A&M


Volleyball vs. Auburn 10/26/2012

Shots from the Oct. 26, 2012, volleyball match between South Carolina and Auburn.

2012-13 Gamecock Spotlight Video

Bruns's 2009 Match-by-Match Statistics
Bruns's 2010 Match-by-Match Statistics
Bruns's 2011 Match-by-Match Statistics
Bruns's 2012 Match-by-Match Statistics

  • 2012 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2011 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2010 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2009-10 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Finished her four years with top-10 placements in South Carolina's career assists and assists-per-sets charts ... Ranks sixth with 2,858 career assists and eighth with a 7.58 assists-per-set average.

2012 (SENIOR): Started 30 matches at setter ... Led the team and stood ninth in the Southeastern Conference with a 9.34 assists-per-set average ... Also stood 19th in the SEC with 0.22 aces per set, good for second on the team ... Hit .318 with 1.02 kills per set ... Had eight double-doubles ... Posted her season high of three aces in the lidlifter against Temple (8/24) ... Tallied her first kills/assists double-double in the win over Clemson (9/7) with 10 kills without an error and 30 assists ... Also had seven digs and hit .588 in that contest, setting career highs in percentage and kills ... Had two 50+ assist matches, with 54 coming in the first against UAB (9/8) ... Added eight kills and eight digs against the Blazers ... Named MVP of the Carolina Clash, averaging 2.33 kills, 2.67 digs and 11.78 assists per match against Clemson, UAB and Winthrop ... Dished out 49 assists to go with seven kills and eight digs in the win over LSU (9/16) ... Posted 49 assists, seven kills, eight digs and three blocks at home against Alabama (10/12) ... Guided the team to .400+ hitting percentage matches in the wins over Mississippi State (10/19 & 11/9) ... Compiled a season-best 15 digs to go with 46 assists and three block assists at Alabama (11/16) ... Piloted the team to a program five-set match record .357 hitting percentage in the finale against Arkansas (11/23) ... Had 52 assists, four kills, two aces and seven digs against the Razorbacks ... Garnered recognition on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2011 (JUNIOR): One of three Gamecocks to play in all 30 matches, missing only two sets on the year ... Led the team in assists and finished seventh in the SEC with her 9.52 average ... Also led the Gamecocks with 0.25 aces per set and ranked fourth on the team with 2.53 digs per set ... Led the team in every match in assists and seven times in aces ... Also led the team in digs in one match ... Had 12 double-doubles on the year ... Named the Temple Invitational's most valuable setter after helping the Gamecocks win the event, posting a season-best 20 digs and four block assists in the season-opening win over Montana (8/26) ... Had five matches with seven or more kills ... Posted eight kills without an error to go with 46 assists in the win over Elon (9/3) ... Named to the Gamecock Invitational All-Tournament Team, dishing out 11.38 assists per set in the event ... Made a career-best 59 assists and 14 digs in the triumph over Colllege of Charleston (9/10) ... Followed that with four kills and three aces to go with 34 assists and 12 digs in the Winthrop win (9/10)...Had a season-best nine kills and 44 assists in the sweep of Mississippi State (10/21) ... Tied for the team lead with 14 points, tallying seven kills without an error with 30 assists and a career-high-tying six aces in the Alabama victory (11/6) ... Those six aces tied for fourth on South Carolina's three-set match charts ... Posted 89 assists in the final home weekend in the wins over Auburn and Georgia (11/18-20) ... Earned placement on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2010 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 29 matches, starting 26 ... Led the team with 759 assists, ranking seventh in the SEC with 7.30 assists per set ... Also ranked fifth in the league and second on the team with 0.30 aces per set ... Tallied five double-doubles on the season ... In SEC matches only, she was seventh with 6.22 assists per set and sixth with 0.26 service aces per set ... Landed six aces, tying for second most in a five-set affair, to go with 40 assists, seven digs and two block assists against BYU (8/28) ... Posted six kills and a career-best 54 assists against College of Charleston (9/4) ... Posted seven points on three kills and four aces in the win over South Carolina State (9/10) ... At No. 18 Tennessee (9/17), had the best outing of her career at that point with eight kills on a .350 hitting percentage, 35 assists and 10 digs, her first career double-double ... Posted 27 assists and a career-best 14 digs in the win over The Citadel (9/26), as the Gamecocks started their transition into the 6-2 alignment ... Had 24 assists and 11 digs against Arkansas (10/1) ... Posted 11 digs and 18 assists in the win at Mississippi State (10/8) ... Had 35 assists, 11 digs and four aces at Mississippi (10/31) ... Compiled 29 assists and four service aces in the home win over Alabama (11/12) ... The next night, posted nine kills on a .533 hitting percentage, both career bests, with 41 assists and eight digs in the triumph over Mississippi State (11/13) ... Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2009 (FRESHMAN): Started the season as a serving specialist before playing as the second setter in the 6-2 alignment ... Sparked the Gamecocks to a comeback against No. 15 Kentucky, helping the squad force a fifth set and get within one point of tying it in the final frame with her 11 assists and zero service errors in 15 attempts ... Returned to the rotation full-time against Mississippi (10/23), making 13 assists and four digs in the outing ... Tallied a career-best 24 assists against Arkansas (10/25) ... Was perfect on her three dump attempts at Alabama (11/1) ... Also had 22 assists and three kills against Georgia (11/8) ... Led the team in both the Arkansas and Georgia outings in assists, the only times she accomplished that feat in 2009 ... Made a career-high eight digs versus No. 19 LSU (11/15) ... Earned placement on the 2009-10 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Under coaches Cathy Sanders and Pam Naffziger at University High School, she earned four letters in volleyball ... Earned honorable mention All-State honors from both the Chicago Tribune and the Champaigne News-Gazette after her senior season ... All-Area Player of the Year by the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph as a senior to go with her two all-area first-team accolades ... First-team All-Corn Belt Conference as a junior and senior as well ... Two-time team MVP ... Led her team to three-consecutive conference titles, winning 29 games or more in each of her last two years ... Earned second-team all-conference and second-team Pantagraph All-Area honors as a sophomore ... Totaled 542 kills during her four-year high school career while hitting .307 ... Played with the Illini Elite club team headed by director Andy Erins ... The team finished in the top 10 in various national tournaments in its age group ... Won the 17s championship at AAU nationals in 2008, not dropping a set during the tournament ... Earned all-tournament honors each year from 15s to 18s at the USA Volleyball, AAU and Junior Volleyball Directors Association ... Earned a spot on University's honor roll in seven of her eight semesters.

PERSONAL: The daughter of Scott and Janette, Taylor Jeanne Bruns is her full name ... Has three brothers: Austin, Jackson and Carter ... Enjoys reading, writing and shopping and lists Matchbox Twenty as one of her favorite music groups ... Chose the Gamecocks over Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Iowa State, Ohio and Wake Forest ... Majoring in middle level education.


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