Minnesota native Taylor Reiss named NCAA Division II Athlete of the Year

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Taylor Reiss at the awards ceremony with SMSU coach Terry Culhane. 

The top female athlete at the NCAA Division II level is Minnesota native Taylor Reiss

Reiss, a senior volleyball star at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, was given the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year Award on Monday night at the Collegiate Women Sports Awards at the University of Southern California. 

That means she won the award over every athlete in every other women's sport. 

Reiss is a native of Tauton, Minnesota and graduated from Minneota High School in 2015. 

At SMSU, she's the only player in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) history to be named the conference player of the year three times. As incredible as that feat is, it actually pales in comparison to her being a three-time First Team All-American and a repeat winner of the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year award. 

She's just the sixth player in Division II history to win back-to-back national player of the year awards. 

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Reiss was a three-time All-State player in volleyball and a two-time All-State basketball star at Minneota High School. 

It's the second time in the space of a week Minneota has hit the headlines.

Not only did the town produce one of the best athletes in the country, but it's also home to Austin Buysse, the former star quarterback who recently became a viral legend after catching a home run ball at the College World Series and chugging a beer on ESPN

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