Hometown/Residence: Kansas City, Kan./Kansas City, Kan.
Birth Date: Nov. 19, 1990
College/Major/Grad Year: Kansas State/Secondary Education-English/Fall 2013
Joined Team: May 2013
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: N/A
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: N/A
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Named AVCA All-Central Region honorable mention and All-Big 12 First Team… Ended career with 3,618 assists to rank fifth overall at Kansas State, along with 1,107 digs to rank ninth to become the only player in school history to rank in top 10 in both assists and digs…Ranked second in Big 12 in assists per set during league play. 2011 – Named Academic All-Big 12 First-Team…Tallied 16 double-doubles for sixth best in school history for single season. 2010 – Academic All-Big 12 First-Team…Made transition from defensive specialist to setter, directing offense to 11.98 kills per set. 2009 – Played in all 113 sets as a freshman, averaging 2.39 digs per with three matches of 20-or-more digs.
CLUB/PREP CAREER: Played for Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kan., from 2005-2008…Helped lead her team to the state championship as a freshman…Named Under Armour All-American in 2008…Selected Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association 6A Player of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008…Named Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008.
PERSONAL: Born Caitlyn Donahue on Nov. 19, 1990, in Overland Park, Kan…Daughter of David and Kathy Donahue…Older brother is Collin Donahue…Hobbies are reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling…Favorite food is Mexican (Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in hometown is favorite)…Favorite book is The Great Gatsby…Favorite music is country and oldies (1960s)…Favorite musical performers are Garth Brooks and Eric Church…Favorite movies are My Best Friend’s Wedding and The Dark Knight…Favorite television shows are Scandal, Seinfeld, Homeland and Friends…Favorite actress and actor are Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper…Favorite professional team is Kansas City Chiefs…Favorite athlete is Tiger Woods…Most admired person is her father “for always being a great role model and my number-one fan…he is the one who introduced me to the game of volleyball.”…Happiest moment in life was “advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2011” with Kansas State.
INTERESTING NOTE: “I spent most of my youth volleyball career as an outside hitter. As I grew older (and not any taller), my coaches urged me to move into the libero position because I was “too short to be an outside hitter at a Division I university”. So, I made the switch to libero at age 16, and played two club seasons at that position. Shortly after making this switch I committed, as a libero, to Kansas State University. During my first season at Kansas State University, I played defensive specialist, and actually ended up seeing some time in the front row as an outside hitter. Then, in the spring of my sophomore year (2010), my coaches at Kansas State decided that I possessed the qualities and athleticism that could potentially make me a good setter. I ended up setting for the Wildcats in 2010, and stayed in that position until my career there was over. I currently have only been setting now for about four years. I always encourage young volleyball players to get good at all of the skills in volleyball. Being a well-rounded volleyball player can provide you with more opportunities on the court.”
LAST UPDATED: June 22, 2013