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Nyla Shepherd Inducted into Mobile Sports Hall of Fame

by Grant Kauvar
Nyla Shepherd Inducted into Mobile Sports Hall of Fame

MOBILE, Ala. – Nyla Shepherd, a record-setting LSU Volleyball player, has been inducted into in to the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.

Shepherd played for the Tigers from 1988-91 and etched her name into LSU lore as an All-SEC Team member in 1989, 1990 and 1991. In 1989, she was an Asics Tiger All-American and competed on the U.S. Olympic festival team. 

With a total of 1,735 kills, Shepherd still holds the LSU record for career kills. She is seventh on the list for block assists (378) and is ninth in total blocks (430).

Shepherd led the Tigers to three consecutive SEC titles from 1989-1991. LSU reached the NCAA Final Four in both 1990 and 1991, its only appearances in school history.  

In order to advance to the Final Four in 1990, Shepherd led a fierce comeback at Texas during the NCAA Regional Final. Trailing 2-0 in the match, LSU mounted a rally behind Shepherd, winning 3-2, to advance to the program’s first Final Four.

A prep star at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Shepherd was a member of a volleyball team dubbed “The Dirty Dozen.” In her four-year run at becoming one of the greatest high school athletes in Mobile history, Shepherd led her squad to a 222-9 record and won four consecutive 6A State volleyball titles. In 1987, Shepherd was a member of the Converse All-America team.

Shepherd was a dominant basket player at McGill-Toolen as well and led the Yellow Jackets a perfect 29-0 record and a 6A State Championship.