After missing the bulk of the 2021 season with an abdominal injury, Gophers outside hitter Taylor Landfair was rewarded for her resounding comeback in 2022 and was named the Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Landfair, a redshirt sophomore, became the ninth Gopher to win the award since it was introduced in 1983, and the third in a row after Stephanie Samedy won it back-to-back the last two seasons.
"She is a rare talent," her coach Hugh McCutcheon said at a press conference ahead of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday
. "On top of that her ability to make change and learn is really an important part of it. ... She isn't satisfied with just having the talent."
Landfair finished the regular season first in the Big Ten in kills (4.43 per set) and points (4.99 per set). She totaled 443 kills on 1,133 attempts and in a testament to her all-around development added 23 aces, 167 digs and 65 blocks, which was good for the third-best mark on the Gophers