Aggie Volleyball Signees Earn Several Postseason Honors
Utah State volleyball signees Rachel Gale (left) and Taylor Barnson (right) earned numerous postseason honors, following their senior seasons.

Jan. 6, 2014

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball signees Rachel Gale and Taylor Barnson earned numerous postseason honors, following their senior seasons.

Gale, a native of Lindon, Utah from Pleasant Grove High School, was named the Utah Class 5A Most Valuable Player by the Deseret News, as well as earning first-team, all-state honors by the Salt Lake Tribune. She was also named to the all-Salt Lake Tribune Team.

A 6-0 outside hitter, Gale posted 414 kills (4.2 kills per set), 216 digs (2.2 digs per set) and 24 blocks (0.2 blocks per set) during her senior season, in helping the Vikings to a 25-6 overall record and their second-straight 5A state championship, tallying 23 kills in the title match.

Gale was also selected to play in the 2013 Utah Senior All-Star match for the 5A Senior All-Star team. She also was selected as one of the top 10 high school athletes for Utah County. Gale also earned second-team all-state honors during her junior season. A four-year letterwinner for the Vikings, Gale was a three-time, all-region honoree, earning first-team accolades as a senior after earning second-team honors as both a sophomore and junior. She was also named to the Durango Classic all-tournament team as a junior.

Off the court, Gale is a two-time Pleasant Grove High School Academic Achievement High Honor Roll member.

Barnson, a 6-2 outside hitter from Temecula, Calif., earned first-team all-Southwestern League honors at Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif., where she helped the Pumas to a 23-10 record this season, finishing second in the Southwestern League of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA. Barnson was a second-team, all-league honoree and was team captain during her senior season. Barnson earned first-team all-Foothills Tournament honors in helping Chaparral HS to the Foothills Tournament and Queen of the Court Silver Division titles. She earned the Southwest Division middle blocker of the week honor once as a junior, shifting back to outside hitter as a senior.



Off the court, Barnson was a four-time California Scholarship Federation member, as well as a two-time Presidential Service Award recipient. She was voted by her teammates for the Athlete of Character award for both her sophomore and junior seasons. She was also Chaparral High Schools' selection for the Jim Staunton Champions for Character Award.

Utah State finished the 2013 season with a 20-11 overall record and a 13-7 Mountain West ledger to finish third in the Aggies' first season in the league. It is USU's second 20-win season in a row and third in the last four years, all under head coach Grayson DuBose. After going 21-9 last season, Utah State has now posted back-to-back 20-win seasons since 2000 and 2001, when USU won 22 matches in 2000 and 20 in 2001. Overall, the Aggies registered their 12th 20-win season in school history in the 38 seasons of Aggie volleyball.

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