EXETER – In her four years playing volleyball at Exeter- Milligan, Taylor Erdkamp played a big role in three state volleyball championships and a state runner-up as the setter for the Timberwolves.
On Thursday the E-M senior made the next step when she signed to continue her volleyball career next fall at Doane College.
In high school, Taylor was a three sport athlete all four years at Exeter-Milligan. She has always known Doane would be her choice.
“I have always kind of been set on Doane and about two weeks ago I made the decision to make it official,” she said. “I really like the small school atmosphere, a lot like it is here. I went to a lot of camps at Doane and my sister went to school there, too.”
Taylor will graduate in May and will leave a lasting legacy behind her as she is the all time set assists leader in school history.
This past season she finished her career with 819, second best among all York-area setters. She was successful on 2151 of 2179 set attempts for a .990 percentage and averaged 26.4 assists per match. She also has the ability to finish at the net, which she proved with 41 kills and 31 blocks last season. She was a Crossroads Conference first team selection and also an Omaha World-Herald first team Class D-1 pick. Taylor was one of three co-captains on the York News-Times All-Area team as well.
Taylor said that finally having to pick one sport to continue wasn’t easy, but she knew which direction she wanted to go.
“I knew that if I was to continue my sports career in college, it would be playing volleyball, that is my favorite,” the senior said. “I am just not ready to give it up yet and I am looking forward to playing at Doane in the fall.”
Next season the Doane Tiger volleyball program will be under the direction of new head coach Gwen Egbert and assistant coach Conoly Straight, who is very familiar with Taylor and the CRC because of his ties to Shickley.
“Taylor brings such a positive attitude to the court, she is a team player and she is great in academics as well,” Straight said. “With a new head coach there will be a learning curve in getting used to the new system. Being from Shickley and knowing a lot about the CRC, I am very aware of what Taylor brings to the program. She has been part of a winning tradition here at Exeter-Milligan and we feel she will bring that type of attitude to the Doane program.”
Taylor said that she also considered UNL (University of Nebraska at Lincoln), but the overwhelming factor was staying in a small school atmosphere close to home.
“I never really looked into going to school at UNL, I just like the school, and it was on my list,” said Taylor. “It was definitely a factor in my decision staying close to home so my family and friends could come to games and it wouldn’t be a long drive. At Doane, I will be more than just a number, while at UNL I would just get lost in a big school atmosphere.”