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Taylor Akana

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kaneohe, Hawaii

High School:
Kamehameha

Height:
5-7

Position:
OH

Birthdate:
06/11/1992


11/22/2013

Four Saints Earn All-MAAC Recognition, Six Named to All-Academic Team

Akana Named to First Team, All-Academic Team for Third Straight Year

11/17/2013

Despite Victory, Volleyball Eliminated From MAAC Tournament

Senior Day Win Brings Few Smiles

11/17/2013

Gameday Central: Senior Day - Siena vs. Saint Peter's (1 PM)

Taylor Akana Could be Taking Court for Final Time

11/16/2013

Volleyball Stays Alive, Knocks Off Rider in Four

Wright Leads Way with 16 Kills

11/15/2013

Gameday Central: Volleyball vs. Rider (Saturday at 1 PM)

Saints Need Win, Help

10/24/2013

Volleyball vs. Marist (10/3/13)

Volleyball vs. Marist (10/3/13)

02/18/2013

2012 MAAC Volleyball Championship

2012 MAAC Volleyball Championship

10/12/2012

Volleyball vs. Canisius 9/16/12

Volleyball vs. Canisius 9/16/12

GENERAL: Co-captain...Preseason All-MAAC...Enters senior season fourth among all Division I student athletes in kills (1,361)...The 4.05 kills per set she has averaged for her career place her among the most effective and dangerous outside hitters in the entire nation...Possesses great volleyball I.Q. and instincts...Adds value to the front and back row...Exceptional vertical and powerful swing more than make up for her diminutive size...Powerful jump serve...Phenomenal student in the classroom...Was one of the top high school players in the state of Hawaii...Enters senior year ranked fifth in kills (1,361) and eighth in digs (1,046) on Siena career charts.

2012:One of six student athletes named an ECAC All-Star...First Team All-MAAC...Preseason MAAC Player of the Year...Led MAAC (86th nationally) with 3.75 kills per set...Became fastest in MAAC history to reach both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs (65 matches)...Led MAAC with 21 double-doubles...Posted seven 20+ kill matches, including season-high 26 kills in MAAC semifinal win over Canisius (11/17)...Had 19 kills, 23 digs and four blocks in MAAC Championship five-set loss to Fairfield (11/18)...Collected 21 kills and 24 digs in five-set win over Princeton (9/8).

2011:MAAC Offensive Player of the Year...All-MAAC First Team...Led MAAC and ranked 47th nationally with 3.99 kills per set...Posted double figure kills in 23 of 28 matches, and 20 or more kills seven times...Joined 30-kill club with 32 kills (32-10-75) in four-set win at Rider (9/18)...Had double figure digs in 19 of 28 matches, and 20 or more digs twice...Topped team with 16 double-doubles...Had 20 kills and 20 digs in season-opening five-set triumph over Youngstown State (8/26)...Posted 28 kills and 21 digs in five-set home loss to Canisius (10/8)...Had 868 total receptions and just 43 errors (.950)...Third on team with 29 aces.

2010:All-MAAC Second Team...Led the MAAC and ranked 12th nationally with 4.48 kills per set...Her 457 kills ranked sixth all-time in program history and 4.48 kills per set were fourth best...Played in 28 matches and 102 sets...Registered 10 kills or more a team-best 21 times, and had 20 kills or more a team-best 10 times...Posted 30 kills in five-set loss at Loyola (10/2)...Second on team with 328 digs and 3.22 digs/set....Had 24 kills and 24 digs in touch 3-2 loss at MAAC Champion Niagara...Her 14 double-doubles were tops on the team.

BEFORE SIENA:2009:Helped Kamehameha capture its fifth consecutive HHSAA state title with 19-kill effort in dramatic comeback win over rival Punahou in Championship Match...Named MVP of State Division I Tournament...Named Honolulu AdvertiserFirst Team Division 1 All State Team...Ranked #2 of Hawaii's Fab-15 Players by theHonolulu Star Bulletin...Selected to the Prep Volleyball Senior Ace List 101+ and Defensive Dandies Second Team...Named KHON2 News Athlete of the Week following State Championship...2008:Guided Kamehameha to State Championship and Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) title...Named toHonolulu AdviserDivision 1 All-Tournament Team and Second Team Division 1 All-State...Received the OC16 (Local TV Channel) Impact Player Award as a junior...Named to the Honolulu Star BulletinFab-15...USAV High Performance GYA 2 White Libero...2007:Member of HHSAA Volleyball State Championship team as a sophomore... Kamehameha also again won the ILH and finished third in the Durango High School Fall Classic Tournament (Nevada) and won the Ann Kang Invitational Girls Volleyball Tournament (Hawaii).

PERSONAL/COMMUNITY:Born June 11, 1992...Daughter of Chad Miyamura and Lynelle Akana...A marketing management major with a 3.76 GPA entering senior season...She is a member of several prestigious honors societies, including: 21st Century Business Leaders Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Epsilon Sigma...Currently conducting research toward her Honors Thesis: Consumer Adoption of Mobile Payments...Lists beach volleyball, ceramics and photography as outside interests... Chose Siena because of the successful history of the volleyball program, the welcoming people and atmosphere, the beautiful campus, and the smaller size of the student body...Very active member of hometown community, volunteering for: Palolo District Park Volleyball Clinic for Underprivileged Youths (2009), Lokahi Giving Tree Christmas (2008), Kamehameha Summer Schools: Sports and Activities Teacher's Aide (2006-2007) and rebuilding fishponds and restoring taro patches (2006-2010).

COACH PIERRE SAYS:"Taylor's game continues to improve, and if she can cut down on her mistakes she'll dominate the MAAC this season. She's going to go down as one of the top hitters in conference history."

GETTING TO KNOW TAYLOR:

Nickname:Tay
Major:Marketing
What I like most about Siena College:The ability to create personal relationships will my professors in the marketing department
What I like most about my sport:It is dynamic and highly strategic
What I like most about coach:He's always willing to help out his players
Player I most relate too on the team:Kelly Hurlburt
My goal for the upcoming season:WIN MAACS!
My hobbies are:Beach volleyball
What is one thing you can't live without:A beach nearby
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:Tahiti and Australia
Sport I always wanted to try:Soccer
When I'm not playing, you can find me:Sleeping, Mall or Chipotle
My dream job:Working for Google or Starbucks' Marketing department
If I had a million dollars, I would:Start up my own business and invest
Future Plans:To play beach volleyball while attending grad school
Favorites
Reality TV show:Ready for Love
Class at Siena College:All of my Marketing classes
Vacation spot:Haven't found one better than Hawaii yet
Color:The color of the ocean
Type of ice cream:Green Tea and Jamoca Almond Fudge
Phone app:My GPS because I always get lost, then Instagram
Animal:Horses and dolphins
Food:Prime Rib and sushi
Movie:Safe Haven
Number:12

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