Caitlin Donahue is from Miami and plays college volleyball in Broward.
And there’s Caitilin Donahoe, who is from Broward and plays her college volleyball in Miami.
Two players with very similar names competing in the same sport in the same region have made things quite confusing.
“It happens pretty often,” said Donahue, a 6-2 junior middle blocker who starts for Nova Southeastern University and played at Miami’s Southwest High. “People confuse me with [Donahoe].”
Donahue is frequently asked if she has transferred from the University of Miami, which is where Donahoe is a 6-0 junior backup setter from Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons.
Donahue, who aspires to work as a strength and conditioning coach for a pro sports team, first became aware of Donahoe when they played against each other in a high school club match.
Donahoe’s Boomers team beat Donahue’s Miami Elite, but the two players have yet to actually speak to one another.
Donahue, who plans to earn her master’s degree in bio mechanics, describes herself as a “high intensity” player.
“Since I’m a middle [blocker], I have a really good connection with our setters,” said Donahue, who speaks Spanish and has Irish ancestry on her father’s side of the family and Cuban heritage on her mother’s side. “I try to deceive the block on the other side.”
The women’s volleyball team, which has suffered through two losing seasons in a row and a combined 23-34 record, is off to another slow start at 3-12.
FIU entered Friday having lost eight matches in a row, including four in a row by sweeps.
This is FIU’s second year under coach Rita Buck-Crockett, who is also an assistant athletic director and runs the school’s sand volleyball program.
Among the team’s standouts are Lucia Castro, a 6-1 junior from Puerto Rico who leads FIU in kills and digs, and Anabela Sataric, a 6-1 sophomore from Switzerland who is No.1 in assists.
Other starters include Lea Montavon, a 6-3 freshman outside hitter from Switzerland; Gloria Levorin, a 6-2 junior middle blocker from Italy; Jennifer Ene, a 6-2 freshman middle blocker from Texas; and Martyna Gluchowicz, a 6-2 senior outside hitter from Poland.
There are only three South Floridians on the roster, and they haven’t played much so far.
The women’s soccer team (2-8-1) has gone six consecutive matches without a win and would love to end that skid at 7 p.m. Saturday at home against Florida State.
Miami hasn’t scored more than one goal against any Power 5 conference opponent. The Hurricanes are also looking for their first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season (0-2-1).