Whitney Casey

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Cavalier years: 1994-97 (transferred from the University of Southern California). Casey was already a volleyball star when she came to UVA The Cavaliers were 1-31 the season before her arrival and improved to 24-10 her final year. She led the team in kills, digs and service aces each season, served as team captain in the 1996 season and was named an Academic All-American. In 1997, Casey received UVA’s David F. Cooke Award for her leadership and athletic and academic achievements.

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After UVA: Though her degree was in exercise science, Casey found a niche in television journalism. After stints in Macon, Ga., and Miami, she landed a correspondent’s job with CBS in New York. Her first day on the job was Sept. 10, 2001—the day before the terrorist attacks on the U.S. She covered other high-profile events, such as the 2003 explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, served briefly as a news anchor, hosted and produced a TV talk show in Houston and in recent years wrote a weekly column for the Houston Chronicle.

Up to lately: Casey’s book, The Man Plan: Drive Men Wild—Not Away, was published in January 2009, and she recently launched her own production company, Whitney Casey Productions, in Austin, Texas.

Funny memory: “The men’s swim team came to one of our games at Mem Gym and took off a piece of clothing for every point we made, then did pushups in the center of the court in only their Speedos.”