Northern Colorado Volleyball Alumnus Returns as UTRGV Girls’ Basketball Player
The UNC game was certainly special for the current Bears who entered the field for their first game under the direction of the new coaching staff, but it was also special for a former one.
Graduate student Taylor Muff returned to Greeley, but this time she was wearing a different colored jersey. She finished with eight points and led the UTRGV with nine rebounds on her return home.
“It was so cool. I was thinking this morning about how many places the sport has taken me, how many people it has given me, how wonderful others are, ”Muff said. “I am so lucky with the relationships I have made through sport here at UNC and UTRGV.”
A number of UNC volleyball players were in the stands to cheer on their teammate, including graduate student Daisy Schultz, senior Kailey Jo Ince, sophomore Syd Cole and rookie Annette Baker. Northern Colorado head coach Lyndsey Oates also made a supporting appearance.
The former Big Sky All-Conference first-team member knew a few people were coming, but was shocked to see how many more were in the stands.
“It means a world. I went out earlier and started to cry; they are all waiting to say hello, ”she said. “I have a friend who wrote ‘Muff’ on her forehead. Having these relationships is unlike anything you can experience.
Muff is one of the most prolific players in the northern Colorado volleyball program. She is in the top 10 for kills, digs, kills and aces serving in the Division I era of UNC.
The Kansas native held the record aces in service until this season, when current seniors Laura Katarzynski and Kyndall Feather topped her 114 aces.
In addition, Muff is one of nine players in the history of the program to have recorded at least 1000 eliminations and 1000 recoveries. This is in addition to his season and match records.
The NCAA has granted athletes an additional year of eligibility due to COVID-19. Muff chose to leave UNC to play for Lane Lord at UTRGV. Lord is a family friend and the club’s basketball coach. She is pursuing a master’s degree at the institution.
Although she wears orange while playing Bank of Colorado Arena for a different sport than the one Bears fans know her for, it was great to come back.
“UNC has given me so much. My experience here was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for better than four years, ”Muff said. “The people that I have met, like I just said, I really love, I am Greeley until I die. I love Colorado and everything related to it.