Charleston Southern Volleyball is hitting the court hard this week with three conferences matches over a span of five days. Senior outside hitter Taylor Allman has sat the past three games out with a concussion, but the Little River, South Carolina native is hoping to be back at it for Saturday's Senior Day game against Winthrop. We sat down with Allman (affectionately known as Tayter) to learn more about the calm, cool and collected upperclassman.
Favorite pro-sports team: Golden State Warriors
Favorite pre-game meal: Chicken Alfredo
Secret talent or fact: I can spin a basketball on my finger.
Favorite class: Business Statistics
What is your spirit animal? My spirit animal is probably a lemur because people say I look like one.
Strangest nickname you have: Tayter
Most surprising/embarrassing song on your iPhone/iPod: 'Basketball' by Lil Bow Wow
Two words to describe you on the court: Composed and competitive
Two words to describe you off the court: Goofy and caring
Best advice you've ever gotten: When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookie dough
Mountains or beach? Beach
Favorite sporting moment from your time here at CSU: When I broke the dig record my sophomore year.
What do you want to do when you graduate? I'm not sure yet, but I'm going home to Myrtle Beach to hopefully get either a sports management job or a job with interior design or something with homes.
Favorite TV show: Friends
Place you would most like to visit? Paris
Favorite sport to play/watch outside of volleyball: Basketball for both. I love basketball.
Do you have any superstitions or pre-game rituals? We get pumped up in the locker room, but then I like to take a little time for me where I just pray and I get some silence and me time to think about the game.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? My dad's chicken and dressing
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have? The ability to read minds
What are your hobbies outside of volleyball? I like to take pictures and I like to look at different kinds of houses online.
If you could go back in time, what decade would you travel to? The 70's or 80's because I would like to see how things were when my parents were growing up.
What are you going to miss most about being a student-athlete at CSU? I guess just the close-knit relationship of the student-athlete body and just my team in general. I've always been a part of super close teams, so I'm going to miss having that constant group of girls and support around.
Who has the best celebration on the team?: Maddie is the one that screams a lot when she celebrates, but I also like Connor's because she gets really excited. I like Kylie's too because she's just kind of chill when she celebrates, which is a lot like me.
What is your favorite thing that Coach Mooberry has brought to the program?: Ever since I was a freshman she's harped on teaching us that attitude and effort are the two things you can control. I find myself thinking about that outside of volleyball too and I feel like that's something that will always be engrained in me and help me throughout life.
The Buccaneers began the season 5-0, and looking ahead to the last four regular-season games, Allman says she hopes the team can finish how they started.
"The season started off really well, and then we kind of hit a little bit of adversity here in the middle of it with a lot of injuries," Allman said. "I think if we just finish on a good note and make it to the Big South Championship we'll be able to be more competitive in the tournament if we just go into it with the same mentality we started with this season."
No matter how the season wraps up, the senior is determined to own her role on the team and keep spirits lifted.
"My role on the team is to be the composed and the calm one," Allman said. "When I step out there I try to bring a calmness to ease jitters and nerves. I ultimately try to bring a peace to the court."
You can come out to the Buc Dome this weekend and show your support for Allman and CSU volleyball as the Buccaneers take on Gardner-Webb tonight at 7:00 and Winthrop at Saturday's Senior Day match at 6:00 p.m.