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Cassie Haut

School

Eastern Michigan University

Position
Middle Blocker/Right Side
Major
Exercise Science
Cassie Haut

Classroom

Cassie Haut holds a 3.25 grade-point average in one of Eastern’s more challenging majors, exercise science. Haut has earned a spot on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team as a redshirt sophomore and junior and was named MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week after her outstanding performance at the 2018 MAC Tournament.

Character

Not only has Haut had to face adversity on the court, tearing her ACL and missing an entire year of competition, but her injury coincided with a personal trauma that added even more weight to the situation. At the same time of Haut’s injury, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The two were in the hospital at the same time, one fighting to get back on the court, the other fighting for her life. As the oldest of four children, Haut became a mother-figure to her younger siblings, all while recovering from her second ACL tear. Fortunately, both have overcome the trial. Haut has returned to the court as one of the best players in the Mid-American Conference, and her mom is in remission, back to work and coaching volleyball.

Community

Haut has been involved with a multitude of community service projects during her time at EMU. She and her teammates have put on free clinics for children both in the Ypsilanti community and on their foreign tour to Costa Rica in 2018. She has also been active in the annual Night to Shine event, hosted locally in Ann Arbor by 242 Community Church. Haut was part of the makeup and hair team for the members of the event for the last four years.

Competition

Haut has been a mainstay in the Eastern Michigan lineup since arriving on campus, playing in multiple roles during her time in the Green and White. As a redshirt junior, she earned first-team All-MAC honors after the regular season and was named the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player and to the All-MAC Tournament Team. Her performance in the MAC Tournament led Eastern to it’s first-ever MAC Tournament Championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance. She not only led the conference in attack percentage (.376) in 2018 but was also sixth in total kills (392), making her the only player in the league to be on both lists.

She surpassed the 1,000 career kill mark earlier in 2019 and is on pace to finish in the top 10 in both career kills and hitting percentage, a feat accomplished just three times in program history. She is also on pace to finish in the top 10 in program history for block assists and solo blocks.

(All stats as of nomination time.)