Taylor Hewson spent four years dominating the court as a New England Tiger, earning All-State and All-Region honors along the way.
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor
Taylor Hewson spent four years dominating the court as a New England Tiger, earning All-State and All-Region honors along the way. She even accumulated more than 1,000 kills in her career. She continued that success at Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB), and was recently recognized for her work.
Hewson was selected to the NJCAA Region 13 All-Region, and the Mon-Dak All-Conference teams as a member of the Ladyjacks.
During the 2016 season, Hewson registered 248 kills out of 625 attempts. She also hit 29 aces and sacculated 344 digs. On the defensive side she had 14 blocks en route to scoring 288 points. Her kills per set (2.76) rank 74th and hitting percentage (.274) rank 71st.
Hewson found out about the selections early last week, from multiple mediums: E-mail, the internet, and a phone call from her coach.
“I kind of saw it three different ways,” Hewson said.
When she found out, she said she felt blessed, and excited.
“I was really excited, it was one of my goals for sure, so I was super excited, I was super happy to see that,” she said. “I feel really blessed that I was able to get that award.”
She also told The Herald that it was a good feeling to feel like her hard work on the court had been recognized.
“It made me feel good,” Hewson said. “It made me feel like my hard work really paid off.”
Hewson admitted that she doesn’t know what’s in store for her future. Dakota College at Bottineau is a two-year junior college, so she will have to transfer to another institution to continue her education and her playing career.
She is studying physical therapy and wherever she continues her schooling, she will immediately head to her program education, which may result in an increased course load.
But she said she thinks she has options when it comes to continuing her volleyball career, she just has to continue to communicate with coaches.
“I’m going to contact some schools to see what my options are,” Hewson said. “But at this point I don’t really know where I’m going to go.”
Along with DCB, the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference includes Bismarck State College, Dawson Community College (Montana), Lake Region State College, North Dakota State College of Science, United Tribes Technical College, and Williston Sate College.