HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nikki Taylor has had her sights set on making the Olympics since she was a little girl. Now, the University of Hawaii volleyball standout is one step closer after being invited by the US National Team to compete for a spot on the Pan American games squad.
"I was pretty surprised actually." said Taylor. "I didn't think I was going to make that team. So, to be told that I was going to be making that team was definitely a surprise but this is a huge stepping stool on my list of goals. As an athlete, the main thing you strive to do is make your goals. To actually make them and get them in your grasp and have them where you want them to be is one of the most satisfying things as an athlete."
While the opportunity was unexpected for the Big West player of the Year, Rainbow Wahine coach, Dave Shoji, says he's known Taylor's potential since she first caught his eye in eighth grade.
"She has natural instincts, she has a great arm swing so, a combination of those kinds of things... I think the sky's the limit for her and I certainly think they're going to take a good hard look at her for the next Olympics." said Shoji.
But Taylor says she's playing for much more than just her spot on the team.
"Being able to represent the USA on my back when I get to go up there and start training, and also being able to represent University of Hawaii and the state itself is one of the biggest honors."