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Lions' sophomore volleyball player Taylor Ruder wins academic award

Thursday, May 15, 2014
by Dane Neumeister

College of Mount St. Joseph sophomore volleyball defensive specialist Taylor Ruder (Oxford, OH/Talawanda) has been awarded the College’s Outstanding Sophomore Clinician Award at the 2014 Athletic Training Education Program Scholar Night. The award recognizes the student in the sophomore class (is awarded to one student per class) that exemplifies exceptional work in the clinical setting.

Ruder was nominated by Mount Assistant Athletic Trainer Breanna Cugliari. Ruder, who is majoring in athletic training, worked with Cugliari over the winter during the Lions’ wrestling season in 2013-2014.

“Taylor traveled to a large tournament at Wheaton College (in Illinois) as the only student (without an upperclassman) and I entrusted her on the mats by herself,’’ Cugliari said. “She took the challenge and accepted the responsibility without hesitation. She worked very hard at the tournament and kept calm in pressure-filled and time sensitive situations.”

Ruder has played for the Lions’ volleyball team the past two seasons.

Lions’ women’s volleyball Head Coach Jon Bennett had this to say about Ruder winning the award.

“This award shows the work ethic and desire to succeed that we see every day in practice with Taylor,’’ Bennett said. “Taylor is one of the hardest workers we have in our program and it makes us very proud to see her get recognized for her efforts in the classroom as well.”

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