Taylor Swayzer played two seasons as a Tennessee State Tiger. She racked up 299 kills and had the second highest attack percentage with .226. The Houston, Texas native had 39 total blocks and scored 322 points (2.95/set) as a senior…She posted a season-high 20 kills at home against Eastern Kentucky (9/27). Taylor graduated with a bachelor’s of science on May 9 with a 3.8 GPA. She shared her TSU Experience with TSUTigers.com.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: I had a great experience here at TSU. I’ve met so many people and learned so many things that weren’t available to me at my old school. Being able to play with some girls who some have become my best friends is such a wonderful feeling. The coaching staff always tries their best to make sure we have everything we need. There were a few rough patches down the road, but nothing that couldn’t be worked out.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: What I love most about TSU would have to be the atmosphere. Everyone around us takes so much pride in the school and the organizations, athletic and non- athletic. I always feel so much support coming from the student and alumni.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: I think what I’m going to miss the most is my teammates. We bonded on a different level. We had the best times together and that’s going to be a hard thing to give up.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable volleyball moment at TSU?
A: My most memorable moment would have to be a kill that I got in a game that we played against Arkansas Pine Bluff.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-volleyball moment at TSU?
A: My most memorable non-volleyball moment would have to be Homecoming Week.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: There’s a family here who comes to every home game and they have two daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, who absolutely adore me and I adore them just as much. I will say I do have many other supporters who come up to me after every game and even during school. I love those guys.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: DO NOT PROCRASTINATE
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
A: I always did well in school, so I didn’t really have a problem with any of my classes.
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: Celeste Stein
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of outside of volleyball?
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: I’m going to have to say my peers have been the most influential people I have met here. It’s such a great feeling to talk to people and just here how they have things all figured out and they are already interning in their field of choice. It gives me so much motivation.
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: I plan on going back home and going to vet tech school. If the opportunity to play again presents itself, I will take it
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: I want to come back and be able to speak to incoming students on how they should stay prepared and the things they need to do to be successful.
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: It’s perfectly acceptable to be friends with the people in your class who don’t play sports because they don’t miss as many classes as you and you will need them.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: I learned to stay on top of things and as long as you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, everything will work out. I also learned to stand my ground and some things don’t always need a reaction.
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: I LOVE YOU GUYS AND I’M GOING TO MISS YALL!! YEE HAW TEXAS