Posted Date: 05/14/2019
SAVOY -- Senior Alyssa McCauley thought she had played her final volleyball match for an organized team last November for Savoy.
With no ensuing club play, mom April McCauley said Alyssa's future plans included a trip to California to the Musicians Institute.
An extension of Alyssa's volleyball career into college didn't seem probable.
"I didn't think it was an option," said Alyssa McCauley.
However, the final days of head volleyball coach Kristi Tallon's battle with cancer -- to which she succumbed in April -- prompted Alyssa to look into some colleges.
On May 7, Alyssa McCauley signed her nation letter of intent in the Savoy High School gym to play volleyball for Bethany College of Kansas, with family, friends, coaches and other well-wishers on hand.
"I had applied to Bethany College and they contacted me about volleyball," said Alyssa McCauley, who attended a tryout there on the day of Tallon's funeral.
"I definitely wouldn't be here without my coaches," she said, specifically noting Coach Tallon.
During Tallon's two seasons, Savoy extended its area-round streak to four-consecutive, with Alyssa McCauley as an upperclassman on the roster.
"She has improved so much the last two years," said Erin Lopez, second-year Savoy volleyball assistant and head girls basketball coach.
"She's a leader and an athlete," said Lopez. "She is always the first one on the court."
"She always does her best."
Note: Alyssa became the second McCauley to extend a sports career into college this calendar year. On March 16, brother Patrik signed with Ecclesia College of Arkansas for baseball.