- Elyse Cusack
- 5' 9"
- Melrose, Fla. (P.K. Yonge)
Club: Gainesville Juniors
Major: Recreation and Event Management
As A Senior (2009)
Finished her collegiate career as the Southeastern Conference’s all-time leader in career digs (2,138) ... A 2009 AVCA Honorable Mention All-America selection, earning that designation for the third consecutive year ... 2009 AVCA All-South Region ... 2009 All-SEC second-team selection ... Captured the SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor four times in 2009 and a league-leading 13 times in her career ... Led the team and ranked second in the SEC with 4.67 digs per set ... In conference matches only, averaged 4.79 digs per set ... First on the team with a .975 reception percentage, making just 17 reception errors in 31 matches and 675 reception attempts ... Posted double-figure digs in 28 of the team’s 31 contests this season and 115 of 123 career matches ... A 2009 Preseason All-SEC selection ... Named the Most Valuable Player of the 31st Community Bankers Classic at Stockton, Calif. ... Tallied a team-high 15 digs against No. 1 Penn State in the NCAA Regional Semifinal (12/11/09), the match in which she became the SEC’s all-time career digs leader ... Charted a match-high 19 digs vs. FIU in the NCAA Second Round (12/4/09) ... Posted a match-high 12 digs in a sweep of College of Charleston (12/3/09) in the NCAA First Round ... Tallied a match-high 23 digs to complement seven assists vs. No. 25 Notre Dame ... Charted 14 digs and two service aces in a sweep of South Carolina (11/27/09) ... Posted a season-high 33 digs in an upset of No. 10 Kentucky (11/22/09), marking just the third time in her career she eclipsed the 30-dig plateau ... Had 22 digs against Tennessee (11/20/09) ... Came up with a match-high 20 digs and a match-high two service aces against No. 19 LSU (11/13/09) ... Charted a match-high 14 digs vs. Auburn (11/8/09) ... Tied for match-high honors with eight digs vs. Georgia (11/6/09) ... Tallied a team-high 14 digs in a road sweep of Mississippi State (11/1/09) ... Turned in a season-high 24 digs in a three-set win at Alabama (10/30/09) ... Came up with a match-high 14 digs against Ole Miss (10/25/09) ... Had 11 digs against Arkansas (10/23/09) to move her past the 1,900-dig plateau for her career ... Tallied 12 digs at Georgia (10/18/09) ... Had a match-best 14 digs in a three-set sweep of Auburn (10/16/09) ... Recorded a match-high 21 digs at LSU (10/11/09) ... Registered a team-high 18 digs in a four-set win at South Carolina (10/7/09) ... Tallied a match-high five digs vs. No. 15 Kentucky (10/2/09) ... Charted a match-high 16 digs to complement six assists in a 3-0 sweep of Mississippi State (9/25/09) ... Came up with a match-high 18 digs at Arkansas (9/20/09) ... Tied her then-season high with 22 digs and set a new career high with 12 assists vs. Ole Miss (9/18/09) ... Recorded 17 digs vs. South Florida (9/11/09) ... Also posted a perfect 1.000 reception percentage in 23 reception attempts vs. the Bulls ... Had 16 digs and four assists vs. Pacific (9/5/09) ... Recorded a then-season-high 22 digs vs. Stanford (9/4/09) ... Also posted a season-high nine assists vs. the Cardinal ... Charted a then-season-high 19 digs in a thrilling five-set win against Florida State (8/31/09) ... Tied Colleen Ward with a match-high 11 digs vs. Colorado (8/29/09) ... Tallied a team-high 11 digs in Florida’s season-opening victory vs. UNLV (8/28/09).
As A Junior (2008)
A 2008 second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and an AVCA Second Team All-America selection ... An AVCA All-South Region team selection … Became Florida’s all-time career digs leader and currently has 1,634 career scoops … The only player in school history to eclipse both the 1,500 and 1,600-dig mark for her career … Led the team and finished second in the SEC in digs with 4.61 digs per set ... The SEC Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 ... The only player in league history to claim the award four times in the same season ... Tallied double-figure digs in 27 of the team’s 31 matches ... Eclipsed the 20-dig plateau 10 times during the season ... Led the Gators and ranked second in the SEC in service aces with 0.41 aces per set ... The only player in the SEC to rank in the league’s top three in both digs and service aces ... Tallied at least three service aces in six matches during the season ... Posted a squad-best 24 assists vs. South Carolina (11/26) to complement seven digs ... Had a team-high 17 digs vs. Alabama (11/23) ... Tallied 14 digs vs. Mississippi State (11/19) ... Recorded a team-high 20 digs at Kentucky (11/16) ... Had 22 digs and a season-high eight assists to help Florida to a road sweep of Tennessee (11/14) ... Tallied a match-high 17 digs and served three aces in a three-set win against Arkansas (11/2) ... Broke the school’s all-time career digs record with 22 digs in a three-set win vs. Ole Miss (10/31) ... Tallied a season-best 38 digs at Georgia (10/26) ... Was outstanding in her service game in a five-set win at LSU (10/24), making 31 serves for a 1.000 serving percentage with no service errors and two aces to complement 17 digs ... Came up with a squad-best 16 digs at Auburn (10/17) and also served up two aces ... Recorded a then-season-high 22 digs vs. No. 25 Kentucky (10/10) ... Charted a squad-best 11 digs against Mississippi State (10/5) and also posted a perfect 1.000 reception efficiency on 20 reception attempts ... Had 20 digs and five assists in a hard-fought road win at Alabama (10/3) ... Posted 22 digs and tied her season high with seven assists in a four-set win at Ole Miss (9/28) ... Came up with 14 digs and dished out five assists at Arkansas (9/26) ... Posted 21 digs in a home win against Western Division preseason favorite LSU (9/21) ... Had a match-high 15 digs vs. Georgia in the SEC opener (9/19/08) ... Charted a team-high eight digs and a squad best three service aces at No. 21 Colorado State (9/13) ... Came up with 20 digs vs. Long Beach State (9/6) and was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational ... Posted 15 digs and served three aces vs. Jacksonville (9/5) ... Was named to the All- Tournament Team of the Aquafina Invitational ... Tallied nine digs and three service aces vs. Pacific (8/30) ... Recorded a match-high 19 digs, tied a career-high with four service aces and dished out seven assists vs. UAB (8/29) ... Had two consecutive service aces on the final two points of the third set vs. the Blazers to close out a 25-16 win.
As A Sophomore (2007)
An honorable mention All-America selection by both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine … Became first L/DS in school history to earn All-America honors … An AVCA All-South Region selection … SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/24, 10/1) … Became first player in league history to win SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in a row … Named to the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational alltournament team … Became fastest player in both SEC and school history to reach the 1,000-dig mark, and just the second SEC player to accomplish the feat as a sophomore … Needed just 56 matches to break the 1,000-dig barrier … Finished the season ranked 10th on the UF career digs list with 1,122 … Set 11 school records during the year … The only UF player to play in each of the team’s 109 games on the year … Capped the year with 587 digs and an average of 5.39 digs per game, both second on UF’s single-season charts … Ended the season in the midst of a school-record 36-match streak with at least 10 digs … Led the Gators in aces 10 times on the campaign … Posted 66 digs in the NCAA Championship, tying for the fourth-highest total in program history … Collected a team-high 17 digs against No. 3 Texas (12/7) in the NCAA regional semifinal … Had 25 digs in the win over No. 23 Oklahoma (11/30) in the second round of the NCAA Championship, marking the third-highest total in school history in an NCAA Championship match … Recorded 24 digs in the first-round
win over College of Charleston (11/29) … Finished with 28 digs, five assists and an ace against Long Beach State (11/24) … Recorded a season-high eight assists in the win over Yale (11/23) … Surpassed the 1,000-career dig mark at home against Mississippi State (11/18) with 15 on the day … Turned in a 13-dig effort in the home win against Ole Miss (10/28) to break the UF record with her 25th-consecutive double-figure dig performance … Hit the 20-dig mark for the second match in a row in the home win over LSU (10/26), finishing with 20 … Piled up 21 digs in the road win against Georgia (10/21), while also chipping with six assists and an ace … Collected 27 digs and a pair of aces at Arkansas … Finished with 21 digs in the home sweep of Tennessee (10/7) … Exploded for a season-high 29 digs in the road win at Alabama (9/30), establishing a UF rally scoring record for digs in a game with 16 in the fourth stanza … Totaled 14 digs, seven assists and three aces in the road win against Mississippi State (9/28) … Came up with 27 digs in the road victory over No. 22 LSU (9/23) … Reached the 20-dig mark for the second consecutive outing in the home win against Georgia (9/14), finishing with 21 to go along with seven assists and a kill … Turned in 23 digs in the win over Utah (9/9) … Had a match-high-tying 15 digs vs. Florida State (9/5), while also contributing seven assists against the Seminoles … Added a career-high two kills to a match-best 18 digs in the sweep of No. 19 Santa Clara (9/1) … Posted a match-high 25 digs and recorded the first kill of her career in the victory against Notre Dame (8/26) … Fired career-high four aces and led all players with 19 digs in the season-opening win over Illinois State (8/24).
As A Freshman (2006)
The 2006 SEC Defensive Player of the Year … An AVCA All-South Region honorable mention selection ... Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team ... A Collegiate Volleyball Update Rising Star … Named to the Aquafina Invitational All-Tournament team ... The Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week (11-6) ... SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/5, 10/16, 11/6) ... SEC Freshman of the Week (10-3, 11-20) ... Set an SEC single-season record for digs per game at 5.52 … Broke school single-match record with 46 digs at LSU - tied for the sixth-most in NCAA history in a four-game match … Set nine school records during season … Also led the SEC in digs per game in league matches only (5.57) ... Her 535 digs during season marked the second-highest total in school history at the time … Reached double figures in digs in 28 of 29 matches played … Had a match-high-tying 23 digs against No. 9 Minnesota in the NCAA regional semifinal (12/8) ... Led all players at Gainesville NCAA sub regional with 0.57 aces per game ... Became just the second player in UF history to reach 500 digs in a season after gathering 21 against Arizona State in NCAA Championship second round (12/1) ... Led all players with 16 digs vs. St. John’s (11/25) ... Recorded sixth 20-plus-dig effort when she collected 22 in the home victory against Kentucky (11/19) ... Broke UF record by liberos for consecutive matches in double figures in digs at 23 after picking up 19 digs at Tennessee (11/17) … Finished that streak at 24 consecutive matches ... Became first UF player since 2000 and just the second libero ever to be named Sports Imports/ AVCA National Player of the Week after averaging 8.88 digs per game in wins at No. 11 LSU and Arkansas ... Followed record-breaking performance with 25 digs at Arkansas (11/5) ... Shattered Florida record for digs in a match with 46 at No. 11 LSU (11/3) ... Had 36 through the first three games - more than the previous UF record of 34 set by Lyra Vance in 1987 ... Total of 46 digs tied for sixth-most in a four-game match in NCAA history ... Her 13 digs in game three against LSU was a UF rally scoring era record ... Tallied 18 digs at Alabama (10/29) ... Recorded first double-double of career with match-high 17 digs and career-best 10 assists in home sweep of Georgia (10/22) ... Led all players with 18 digs against South Carolina (10/20) ... Broke Florida record for most digs by a freshman libero/defensive specialist against No. 13 LSU (10/15) with 23 digs ... Had 10 digs in third game vs. LSU ... After missing four matches with stress fracture in left foot, came back against Kentucky (9/29) and tallied 13 digs ... Finished second among all players at Campus USA Credit Union Classic by averaging 6.17 digs per game ... Totaled match-best 19 digs against Illinois State (9/9) ... Finished with match-high 18 digs against UCF (9/8), including 10 in second game ... Tallied match high in digs for third consecutive match with 21 at No. 7 Hawai’i (9/2) ... Led all players at Aquafina Invitational by averaging 6.14 digs per game - more than two digs better than any other player ... Collected 26 digs against No. 24 Utah (8/26) ... Began career by notching 17 digs vs. South Florida (8/25), while tying for the team lead with two aces.
Prior To Florida
Enrolled at Florida and began practicing and playing with Gators in spring of 2006 … Member of PrepVolleyball.com’s 2005 Senior Aces list as one of top 150 players in the nation … A 2005 Florida Sportswriters Association Class 3A first team all-state selection … Named to the 2002-05 Gainesville Sun All-Area team … A 2004 AAU All America selection … 2004 FSWA Class 2A third team all-state … High school team captured Class 2A state title in 2002 and was the runner-up in 2003 … Also played softball at P.K. Yonge and earned honorable mention class 2A all-state honors in 2004, while team was state runner up in 2002.