Player Spotlight – Taylor Castillo

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Photo courtesy of Gary Chidester

Photo courtesy of Gary Chidester

Nothing can stop outside hitter Taylor Castillo from playing volleyball. Not even tearing a ligament and a muscle in her ankle.

During a tournament game last summer, Castillo landed on a girl under the net and tour a ligament and a muscle in her ankle. The recovery from that is not an easy one but Castillo says otherwise. “The recovery is definitely easier than I thought it would be. Everyone on the team was willing to help me get through it.”

Castillo came to Snow College from Kiowa High School in Colorado. The volleyball team she played for also played against Coach Keven John’s former volleyball team. “When she played against our team I always wished that I could coach her, and now I did and I’m glad I got the opportunity to coach Taylor.” Coach John said.

Although Castillo hasn’t gotten to play as much as she and her coach wished for, she has gotten the opportunity to become a great leader to her teammates. One teammate Samantha Lewis said, “Taylor is a big leader on and off the court, and she is a great friend to everyone.” Coach John also said, “She had ankle surgery where they basically had to reconstruct everything. She stuck it out. She is a strong young woman, and she has been a great leader for our team this year.”

Castillo’s favorite thing about the sport is, “getting really awesome hits.” Her favorite thing about playing for Snow College is her teammates.

Outside of volleyball, Castillo says that she enjoys “sleeping, eating, and watching Netflix.”

She plans on going home for the spring semester in Colorado where she plans to look for some schools near her hometown where she can continue her schooling. Castillo is an athletic training major.

Briquelle Caperton is from Clearfield, Utah. She was raised an only child, but has a half brother and sister. This is her first year at Snow. She attended Weber State University last year and transferred to Snow College for, “the college experience” and to “get away from home.” Briquelle’s favorite thing about Snow College is how friendly everyone is! Briquelle will graduate this April with her Associate of Arts Degree. Her plan for the future is to transfer to the University of Utah for their architect program; her dream is to do interior design for residential buildings. Some of Briquelle’s favorite things are: playing sports (mainly volleyball and basketball) drawing, and being in the great outdoors! Briquelle also loves to snow board, so on weekends in the winter time you can find her flying down the snowy slopes! She is also interested in film making, especially sports documentaries. As a first semester member of the Snow Drift Staff, Briquelle expressed that, “I never really liked writing, but have found that writing about things that you are passionate is much better!” She will be covering the spot lights for the volleyball team members. Briquelle is very excited to me a part of the Snow Drift staff!

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