WICHITA — Milica Kusmuk, one of the most celebrated players in the history of the Cowley College volleyball program, was named the Junior College Female Athlete of the Year during the 22nd annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency.
Kusmuk was one of three finalists, taking the honor over women's basketball players Kyla Callins of Butler Community College and DeJanae Roebuck of Hutchinson Community College.
"This is a great honor and shows the results of hard work of myself and my teammates that we put in since we came to Cowley," Kusmuk said. "I want to thank all the people from Cowley for believing in me.
“I want to give a big thank you to my coaches and my family for pushing me to always improve each day and for caring about me. Cowley will always be a second home to me and again, I am thankful to everyone there and for this great honor."
Kusmuk came to Cowley from Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she was a member of the national team.
The sophomore outside hitter was an NJCAA first-team All-American and a first-team AVCA All-American. She was also named to the All-District and All-Conference first teams, was an NJCAA National Player of the Week, the KJCCC Offensive Player of the Week four times, and was selected
Cowley Athlete of the Month and the Cowley College Female Athlete of the Year.
Her 658 kills in the 2018 season were the most in school history and her 1,182 career kills also are most in Cowley history. She helped the Lady Tigers to a 33-7 record while leading the team to 73 wins in the past two seasons.
"Milica was such a joy to coach during her time at Cowley," Cowley coach Steven Gream said. "She achieved great things on and off the court. It is rare to find an athlete as talented and decorated with awards as she is and still be as humble as one can be. She worked hard every day on the court and in the classroom, and was a coach's dream to coach with her coachability and team-first attitude. That
makes for a special athlete and I think the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission saw that over her career at Cowley and had that in mind in their selection of her. We are extremely proud of her and wish her well as she now moves on to Lynn University."
Kusmuk was also involved in the International Club and served as a Cowley tutor. The chemistry major accumulated a 3.77 GPA.