Taylor Gray slams 1,000th career kill

by | Oct 6, 2021 | Arcanum, Darke County News, Sports, Volleyball

Arcanum Lady Trojans celebrate Taylor Gray's (13) 1,000th career kill following WOAC win over Tri-County North. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Arcanum senior Taylor Gray drills her 1,000th career kill in the Lady Trojans win over Tri-County North

LEWISBURG – Taylor Gray slammed her 1,000th career varsity kill in Arcanum’s 3-0 win on the road over the Tri-County North Lady Panthers.

“It is a huge accomplishment,” said Arcanum coach, Macey O’Dell. “I am so proud of her.”

“I would like to thank my passers for getting the ball to the setters and my setters throughout the years – Sadie Sink, Eva Siculan, Ellie Fout and Mollie Ericksen,” Gray stated. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Gray’s thundering spike came in set No. 2 of the night with a perfect set from senior teammate Ellie Fout giving the Lady Trojans a commanding 16-2 lead over the home standing Lady Panthers.

“It’s been fun and I am not ready for it to be over,” said Gray. “My mom and grandma’s keep joking that their just going to keep crying every game.”

“Taylor is a huge asset to our team, she is an amazing teammate, everybody looks up to her,” O’Dell said. “She is such a hard worker and she’s the first one in, the last one to leave most times. She is always working in the off-season – she is just amazing worker and a great player … very coachable.”

Gray is already in the Lady Trojans volleyball record book and is on pace to add another school record.

“Taylor has broken the Aces record for a career and she is getting close to the season record as well,” noted Coach O’Dell.

Arcanum made an easy night of its road trip south with a 9-1 lead in the opening set. The Lady Panthers did not have an answer for the Lady Trojans bringing a timeout from the Tri-County North bench with Arcanum leading 13-4.

The Arcanum crew used a 12-2 run to close out first set scoring to grab a 25-6 opening set win.

The Lady Trojans bolted out to an 11-0 second set lead with Ellie Fout at the serving line while taking advantage of Gray’s 1,000th career slam to move ahead 16-2 bringing the set to a halt as both schools, players and fans gave Gray a standing ovation for her outstanding accomplishment.

Arcanum closed out second set play 9-6 to go up 2-0 on the night with a 25-8 win.

The Lady Trojans seldom miss serves as was evident on the night with set No. 3 mirroring set No. 2 with Fout at the line to open play with the Lady Trojans taking an 11-0 lead on its way to a 25-8 win earning a WOAC victory in straight sets.

“My team knows I do not like a missed serve and they know I want the ball in play,” stated O’Dell. “They do a very nice job of keeping most balls in for me.”

Coach O’Dell was pleased with the WOAC road win improving the Lady Trojans record to 8-2 in conference play and 10-5 overall.

Arcanum bench erupts as Taylor Gray slams her 1,000th career kill. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Play is stopped while Arcanum Lady Trojans congratulate Taylor Gray's 1,000th varsity career spike. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum senior, Ellie Fout makes a set in the Lady Trojans straight set win over the Tri-County North Lady Panthers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Taylor Gray follows up with her 1,001st Lady Trojans kill in 3-0 win over TCN.
Arcanum sophomore Haley Smith gets into the action with a kill in the team's road win over Tri-County North. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.

Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.

Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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