Taylor Sander: Mormon Athlete
Taylor Sander is an Olympic athlete with a bronze medal in volleyball won at the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the games, he led all receivers (81 receptions and eight faults on 166 attempts) and was third in aces (11 aces). He won a gold medal at the 2015 World Cup in Japan.
Sander was born on March 17, 1992, in Fountain Valley, California. He grew up in Huntington Beach where he played volleyball for his high school and went on to study at Brigham Young University where he was a four-time AVCA All-American, the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year, 2013 and 2014 MPSF Player of the Year, 2013 and 2014 MPSF Tournament MVP, and four-time All-MPSF First Team.
He was with BluVolley Verona (Italy) from 2014 to 2016. His current team is BAIC Group.
In 2015, Sander married Rachel McQuivey, a hurdler and long jumper with BYU. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.