All-Region Volleyball: Skyview's Taylor Barrus

Skyview senior helped lead Storm to 4A GSHL title

By Matt Calkins, Columbian Sports Reporter



Taylor Barrus

Season highlights

Recorded a team-high 205 kills and 43 aces, while adding 192 digs — five short of the team lead.

Helped lead lead Skyview to a 4A Greater St. Helen’s League championship, as the Storm went 11-1 in league play.

Played a key role in Union in the school’s third meeting, which decided the league title.

More about Taylor

Also throws the javelin, a skill that has earned her looks from schools such as BYU.

Speaking of BYU, Taylor’s older sister, Alyssa, played volleyball for the Cougars.

Barrus plays her club volleyball for Nike Northwest Juniors in Oregon.

Next year and beyond

Barrus admits to feeling some stress about her future, debating where she wants to go to school and what sport to focus on. She’s in no rush to make a decision, and is currently “just going along for the ride.”

Some decisions are difficult.

Taylor Barrus can tell you that.

The Skyview senior is constantly contemplating what she wants to do with her future — what school to go to, what sport to play, etc.

But some decisions are easy — like choosing Barrus as The Columbian’s All-Region Volleyball Player of the Year. With 205 kills, 43 aces and 192 digs, the outside hitter more than earned that honor.

Barrus’ play helped lead Skyview to a 13-1 record and a 4A Greater St. Helens League title.

True, the Storm fell short of reaching the state tournament, but Barrus is still content with her season.

“Obviously, I would have loved to make it to state my senior year, but looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Barrus, who plays club volleyball for Nike Northwest Juniors in Oregon. “I had such a fun time with my teammates.”

One of Barrus’ more salient memories was the final game against Union, which the Storm won on the road in front of a packed house. She said she feeds off the energy of opposing crowds, admitting that she wants “to show them what I can do.”

And it turns out that Barrus can do more than just play volleyball.

Her freshman year, Taylor discovered that she also had a gift for throwing the javelin, and is now fielding offers from various schools. Among them is Brigham Young, where she will soon go on an official recruiting visit, and where her older sister played volleyball. Seattle Pacific has also shown interest.

So now, all Barrus has to do is make a choice ... but she’s in no rush to do that.

“Frankly, if I’m being honest, I really don’t know what I want to do yet,” Barrus said. “So right now, I’m just going along for the ride.”

Rest of All-Region first team

Grace Boyer-Quick, sr. Columbia River: Will be taking her talents to Division 1 Seattle University.

Shannon Boyle, So. Ridgefield: Ruled final weeks of year, led Spudders to 8th place at state.

Megan LaFond, so. Union: First-team, all-leaguer for second year in a row, helped Titans to 2nd place.

Brindl Langley, jr. Camas: 3A GSHL’s player of the year led Papermakers to state tourney.

Katie Pagel, sr. Prairie: Defensive specialist and heart and soul of team that took fifth at state.

All-Region second team

Cheyenne Cunning, jr. Seton Catholic: League player of the year led team to third place at state.

Treneisha Doyle, sr. Hudson’s Bay: Led Eagles in a strong district run and a berth to bi-district tourney.

Keisha Kennedy, sr. Evergreen: Expected to join Doyle at Lewis-Clark State College.

Chera-Lee Kinnunen, sr. Hockinson: Solid all-around player led Hawks to 2nd place in 2A GSHL.

Johna McEllrath, sr. Prairie: Led Falcons in kills, helping Prairie to a trophy at 3A state tourney.

Abbie Yonkin, jr. Camas: Setter helped Papermakers to bi-district championship, berth to state.