Taylor Averill went from party boy to college volleyball star to Paris-bound Olympian

USA setter Micah Christenson (11) sets the ball for middle blocker Taylor Averill (19) during the second set against France in a Volleyball Nations League Round 3 match in July 2023 at the Anaheim Convention Center. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY)

Many people’s introduction to University of Hawaii alumnus Taylor Averill will take place in Paris, the picturesque site for his Summer Olympics debut with the U.S. men’s volleyball national team.