Former University of Miami volleyball standout Nrithya Sundararaman died Friday at 22, the school announced in a news release.
Sundararaman was a setter with the Canes from 2009-12, and she graduated magna cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. She recently completed her first year studying at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Two-time AVCA All-American Lane Carico roomed with Sundararaman at Miami and were teammates for three seasons.
“As a teammate, her hard work and motivation inspired those around her,” Carico said. “As a student, her eagerness to learn and discipline set her high above her classmates. As a friend, her liveliness and adventurous spirit made for the best of times. As a roommate, her honesty and unselfishness made her so easy to bond with. As a person, her big heart and goodness brightened the lives of all of us who were so fortunate to know her.”
The senior captain was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year, which honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
The Naperville, Ill., native also was named the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also headlined the 2012 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team and was named to the Capital One Academic All-American second team, becoming the first Academic All-American in UM volleyball history.
Sundararaman was also named the University of Miami’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year.
Services were held Monday in Houston.