Former Kansas High School Player of the Year Signs With Mean Green Volleyball

DENTON (5/12/03) -- North Texas head volleyball coach Cassie Headrick has announced that Taylor Lawrence, who as a junior was named Kansas high school Volleyball Player of the Year, has signed a national letter of intent to play with the Mean Green.

A four-year varsity letterwinner at Conway Springs (KS) High School, Lawrence led the Cardinals to the 3A State Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002 under head coach Dave Gardner.

"I'm extremely excited about Taylor joining our team this fall," said Headrick. "She comes from a very successful high school program in Kansas and knows what it takes to win. Her future here is going to be bright, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to coach her. She is a player that brings very good athleticism and solid all-around skills to the court, as well as the knowledge surrounding the importance of being a total team player. That is why Taylor has been successful and why she will continue to be successful here at North Texas."

The 6-0 standout is a versatile athlete that saw playing time at several positions in high school, including outside hitter, middle blocker and setter. Lawrence was named the Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year as a junior, highlighting her long list of honors. She is a four-time member of the Central Plains All-League Team and three-time member of the 3A All-State Team. As a junior and senior she was named the Southwest Kansas Player of the Year.

"We are looking at Lawrence to train and develop her freshman year and contribute where she can," said Headrick. "She is coming to North Texas in an ideal position with the opportunity to grow and learn from the upperclassman while pushing them to become better players themselves in order to beat her out of a position."

Lawrence joins Tara Hooser, a 6-0 outside hitter from Montgomery, Tex., in this year's signing class.



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