Taylor Bielek ‘20 Recruiting Profile

  • Hillcrest High School
  • Women's Volleyball
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Taylor Bielek's Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile
Upward Stars- Brent
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  • 2019 Highlights #2

Personal Statement

Hi, I’m Taylor Bielek, and I am a 5’ 10” left-handed outside hitter and DS. I was born and raised in Simpsonville, SC, while both my parents are from Florida.  My passion for volleyball started as long ago as I can remember, and my earliest memories are of me peppering the volleyball in the backyard with my parents who actually met playing volleyball at a Florida YMCA.  It didn’t take long for me to catch “volleyball fever”, and I started playing in developmental leagues beginning in 1st grade and pickup games with my parents.  From age 11 to the present, I’ve been playing on Open level club travel volleyball teams at Axis Elite and Upward Stars.  I’ve been described by coaches and players as having a high volleyball IQ, a brawler on the court, a competitor who doesn’t quit, someone who makes playing volleyball look easy, and a great teammate with a killer smile and dimples!    Besides enjoying the competitive aspect of the sport, the bonds and friendships that you form with your teammates and coaches is something that I appreciate the most.

I’m a junior at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, SC, and will graduate in 2020.  I’ve been a starter and 6-rotation player starting my freshman year.  While I’ve been selected to the All-Region team every year, I’m most proud of having the privilege for playing for the SC Hall of Fame coach Lynn Avant, who has won five state volleyball championships and has seen over 37 players go on to play in college.  Coach Avant was probably the toughest coach I’ve ever played for, but her tough love and knowledge of the game has instilled in me the confidence to also continue playing at the college level.  Academically, I’ve struggled with the transition to high school, but I’m determined to turn it around and have made progress raising my grades up.  Starting my junior year, I’ve decided to challenge myself by adding some honors classes, and I recently won the “Student of the Month” based on my academic improvement in math.  While my effort on the volleyball court can affect the outcome of the game, I recognize my effort in the classroom is what will truly impact my path in life.

I’m currently playing club travel volleyball at Upward Stars in Spartanburg, SC.  I’ve been asked to play on both 17’s Open travel teams (Upward 17-Katie, Upward 17-Brent), so I have been quite busy playing volleyball.  I’m playing both outside hitter and DS, but have played almost every position including setter during my 15’s season.  I have a great jump topspin serve, and was the only player to break the 50 mph barrier serving at the 2018 Louisville unsigned showcase.

While I’m planning on attending and playing volleyball in college, I’m still undecided on what I would like to major in.  My career interests include psychology, broadcast journalism, or something in the medical field.  I’m also flexible with the location and size (D1, D2, JC) of colleges, and simply want to find the best fit for my academic and volleyball interests.  While I’ve primarily played indoor volleyball, a college that also has a beach program would be a real plus. 


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 4 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 4 years
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #4
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-State
  • Team Awards:
    Regional 3rd Place
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #4
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Region, All-Region player selection
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #4
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Region, All-Region player selection
  • 2016 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #02
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Region, All-Region player selection
  • Team Awards:
    Sectional Champs, Conference Champs

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2019 Upward Stars- Brent (17 Open)
  • Notes: Upward Stars-Brent is primary team, but I also play for Upward Stars - Katie as well.
  • 2019 Upward powered by Club South (SC) (17-Katie)
  • Notes: Katie Zimmerman (head coach)
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Upward powered by Club South (SC) (16-Taylor)
  • Notes: Taylor Baird (Head Coach)
  • 2017 Upward powered by Club South (SC) (Upward 15-1 Anna)
  • Notes: Taylor's plays full court both as setter and right side hitter. Anna Goff is the head coach.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2016 Axis Elite Volleyball Club (14 Open)
  • Notes: Played on top Axis Open team
  • 2015 Axis Elite Volleyball Club (13 Open)
  • 2014 Axis Elite Volleyball Club (12 Open)
  • 2013 Axis Elite Volleyball Club (11 Open)

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Lynn Avant
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Anna Goff
  • High School Head Coach
  • Mindy Salley
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Taylor Baird
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Katie Zimmerman



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High School Information

High School:
Hillcrest High School
(864) 355-3500

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Chemisty American History
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Statistic 2016 Varsity Te
Attack Kills 159
Attack Errors 99
Total Attempts 492
Kill Percentage 32.3
Kills/Game 1.3
Solo Blocks 7
Assisted Blocks 16
Block Errors 17
Total Blocks 23
Blocks/Game 0.2
Digs 170
Digs/Game 1.3
Receiving Chances 293
Receiving Errors 24
Aces 52
Aces/Game 0.4
Service Errors 38
Serving Percentage 90.7
Games Played 126
Matches Played 55


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