SWAC volleyball ‘Preseason Defensive Player of the Year’ Taylor loves playing for GSU

Everyone has a dream but not everyone gets to live theirs. 

Jada Taylor, Southwest Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, gets to live the life she’s dreamed every day. 

Taylor is a defensive specialist playing libero for Grambling State University’s volleyball team. 

A sophomore from Chicago, Illinois, Taylor is majoring in Biology Pre-Med. 

Taylor is excited about the fall season. 

For the past 15 years, volleyball has been a way of life for Taylor. She said it is humbling it is to have the opportunity to “Live her dream.” 

Taylor said she chose Grambling over other offers, in part because it is an HBCU. 

“Honestly, well why not!” Taylor said. 

Taylor said playing for an HBCU thus far has been a great experience. 

She said she loves SWAC play as it has a higher level of energy. 

Taylor said she loves the games that are tough, the ones that are known as “dog fights.” 

Taylor is competitive to say the least. 

Her biggest motivation came when she received the honor of Preseason Defensive Player of the Year this season. 

GSU volleyball opened the season at Grambling, defeating Centenary College in three of four sets. 

That win was a welcome kick off to the 2021 season. 

The team is 3-6 in all play so far this year.