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Waxahachie alum Taylor Stoops continuing volleyball career at D-I Incarnate Word


SAN ANTONIO – University of the Incarnate Word volleyball head coach Samantha Dabbs Thomas recently announced the addition of setter Taylor Stoops to the Cardinal roster.

“We are extremely excited to have Taylor Stoops join our program this fall,” Dabbs Thomas said. “Although it’ll be short-lived with it being her COVID season, her knowledge and experience at this level are going to be a nice addition for us. ”

The Waxahachie native joins the Cardinals from the University of Texas at Tyler.­ During her time as a Patriot, she was named to the 2020 All-Lone Star Conference Team, 2020 Lone Star Conference All-Tournament Team, and was twice named Lone Star Conference Player of the Week (1/29/20 and 2/4/20)

This past season, Stoops registered 15 kills and 375 total assists, 124 digs and only 10 ball handling errors over 71 sets played with the Patriots.

As a junior in the spring of 2021, Stoops finished with a team-high 299 assists while also registering 124 digs and nine service aces. She tallied a season-best 32 assists and 21 digs against Texas Woman’s University on Feb. 3, 2021.

As a sophomore, she finished the year with 622 assists, 172 digs and 20 service aces. She secured a career-high 60 assists against Cameron University on Oct. 12, 2019, which was the second-highest total in UT-Tyler program history.

Prior to UT-Tyler, Stoops was the setter for the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. During her time there, she played in 32 matches, starting 25 matches. She had 33 kills, led the team with 922 assists (8.62 assists per set), and tied for the team lead with 32 aces. She was third on the team with 283 digs (2.64 digs per set) and registered 13 total blocks. Stoops was named Second Team All-Heartland Conference and was a four-time Heartland Conference Setter of the Week.

Stoops will pursue a master’s in Business Administration at UIW.

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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