MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former K-State volleyball player Caitlyn Donahue has been invited to train with the USA Volleyball Women’s National Team. The All-Big 12 First Team setter just finished her first season playing professionally in Puerto Rico with the Guaynabo Mets and received a personal invitation from USA Head Coach Karch Kiraly to train with the team over the next three weeks.
This season the Mets finished in fourth place in their league to reach the playoffs, and Donahue ranked as the No. 4 setter in the league in assists per set.
“We are very proud of Caitlyn and the opportunities that she continues to earn as a volleyball player,” said Suzie Fritz. “Karch was impressed with her performance in Puerto Rico and wanted the opportunity to work with her to see if there is a place for her in the USA gym now or in the future.
“Caitlyn continues to grow, develop and adapt to every level she is exposed to and now has the opportunity to test her skills and abilities with some of the best players in the country.”
As a senior this fall, Donahue ranked second in the Big 12 in assists per set during league action with 11.79. She was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and was an AVCA All-Central Region honorable mention.
During her career, Donahue helped take the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament twice, reaching the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 2011 by defeating No. 2 Nebraska in the second round on the Huskers’ home floor. She ended her career with 3,618 assists to stand fifth in school history and tallied 1,107 career digs to currently stand as the only player to rank in the top 10 in both categories.
“I am very honored to be selected as one of 22 athletes that will be training this summer with Team USA,” Donahue said. “I look forward to this opportunity to compete with and learn from the top players in the nation. I am grateful for my coaches and teammates at K-State that have provided me with support as I have begun my post-collegiate volleyball career. It is because of them that I was able to reach this far.”
Donahue flew to California over the weekend and began training with Team USA on Monday.