Volleyball star sets up future with scholarship
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 23:02
Miami University senior Lisa Treadway began playing volleyball at a young age, following in her parents’ footsteps. After a decorated career at Miami, she can now add the Women’s Enhancement Postgrad Scholarship for Careers in Athletics award to her personal achievements.
Feb. 6, Treadway was announced as a winner of the Women’s Enhancement Postgrad Scholarship for Careers in Athletics, given out by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The senior from Dayton, Ohio was one of 13 women to win the award, which grants scholarships to students who will be entering their first year of postgraduate studies. Treadway will be studying physical therapy in her postgraduate study.
Treadway became interested in volleyball at an early age. Her parents had both played on club teams, and she had three older siblings who played. As a first-year at Miami, Treadway started out as a libero. The libero is generally the most skilled defensive player.
“I was able to make an impact on the court right away, and this was only a few years after Miami had won a MAC championship,” Treadway said.
By the beginning of her sophomore year, Treadway had been moved to outside hitter, and was named captain by head coach Carolyn Condit. Not only did Treadway have to adjust to a new position, she also had to learn how to be a leader.
“I learned that there was multiple ways to lead, but if the end goal is the same for everyone, then we would all get along,” Treadway said.
Fellow senior Amy Kendall came to Miami the same year as Treadway, and was also named captain during their sophomore seasons.
“It was definitely a journey that brought us closer together, but she is just an amazing person and I am so proud of her,” Kendall said.
After a four-year career at Miami, Treadway has left an impression not only with other players, but with her coaches as well. Condit described Treadway as a person who can manage a lot, and also help other people manage.
“She’s a very intelligent person who takes on a lot of responsibility,” Condit said. “She is so humble and never self promotes.”
Condit said she saw Treadway improve her leadership skills as she grew into her role as captain.
“She learned to step back and realize other people’s strengths and what they can bring to the team,” Condit said.
Treadway will be graduating this May with a degree in exercise science. She will begin her postgraduate studies at Ohio State University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in June. She said she definitely wants to stay involved in college athletics, and she said she is excited to be going to a new school to continue her studies.
While Treadway will be leaving Miami University this summer, she has some advice for former teammates and those who will be joining the Redhawks in the future.
“Make sure you’re always willing to give back because you’re part of a much larger tradition,” Treadway said.