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Greenwood's Johnson sets milestone as our Newsline 9 Athlete of the Week

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By Sean Giggy

(WAOW)-  When Taylan Johnson took the court as a freshman, Greenwood volleyball coach Jenni Mayenschein knew she had a special player. Tuesday, Johnson showed just how special she is when she became the first player in Indians' history to reach 1000 career kills with a monster attack in a win against Marshfield Columbus.

"I've worked really hard for this for a long time and my coach told me at the beginning of the season that it was probably going to happen, but it was a surprise as to when, but I'm really glad I got it," Johnson said.

"I was so proud of her," said Greenwood head coach Jenni Mayenschein. "I know she wanted this. That was kind of her goal to start the year and just to feel her excitement when I gave her a hug, it's a special feeling for me and a special meaning I'll always have."

Johnson has not just made Greenwood history, she's crushed it. The previous school record was 892 kills, but through her consistent work and improvement she's more than left her mark on the volleyball court.

"As a freshman you knew she was something special and maybe her junior year I thought she could do it," Mayenschein said. "She broke the record earlier this year, but definitely getting 1,000 is a milestone."

One look at Johnson in action and it's clear she's a team leader, something her coach thinks will make an impact that extends beyond her time in Greenwood.

"Definitely helps the younger players, not so much the ones that are on the court, but during practice like the freshmen, sophomores, she's a true leader on and off the court," Johnson added.

"When I was a freshman we had the senior leaders and they really influenced and showed how to be leaders and I'd just like to be the same."

Online Reporter- Sean Giggy

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