Taliyah Johnson has signed a letter of intent to play for the Golden Eagles

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Canton McKinley High School senior Taliyah Johnson signed a letter of intent on Monday to play volleyball for the Kent State Tuscarawas Golden Eagles.

Johnson, primarily a middle hitter, is a three-year volleyball winner and senior captain for the Bulldogs. She was named a second-team All-Stark County by the Stark County Volleyball Coaches Association as a senior and also earned District 4 Honorable Mention from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

In 2021, she led her team with 155 solo blocks and had 28 assists, while as a junior she had a team-high 120 eliminations. She played volleyball for nine years at First Friends Church, three years of club volleyball — -two of those years for Club Extreme and one year for Zero Gravity. She also wrote softball for one season.

Academically, she earned two academic letters and was on the honor roll for her senior and sophomore years. She volunteers at her church and helps coach youth volleyball programs.

“Taliyah is a great catch for our volleyball program,” said Cortney Goodwin, head volleyball coach for Kent State Tuscarawas. “She’s very athletic and although she spends most of her time on the pitch at the net, she’s also very accomplished at digging the ball. She strikes with a lot of power and still has plenty of room to grow as a player. We are looking forward to continuing to succeed on the pitch and in the classroom.”

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