A former U.K. volleyball player has died, after crashing her car into a tree.
Police say 24-year-old Jenni Casper lost control of her SUV at the corner of Fontaine and Chinoe at around 1:45 A.M. The SUV crashed head-on into a tree.
Casper was taken to U.K. Hospital where she died Sunday afternoon. Police think alcohol and speed may have played a role in the crash but were not sure whether or not she was wearing a seatbelt.
UK Women's Volleyball coach Craig Skinner released this statement in response to the news of Casper's death:
"Our volleyball family is deeply saddened by the loss of Jenni. She meant a great deal to our program, and our hearts go out to the Casper family and loved ones. We will do everything we can to carry on Jenni's legacy of dedication, enthusiasm and unselfishness through our program."
UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart also issued a statement in regards to Casper's untimely death:
"The Wildcat family is saddened by the loss of Jenni Casper. Jenni represented the University of Kentucky and the volleyball program with passion and dignity. She was an intense competitor and amazing individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenni's family and loved ones during this period of grief."
During her career at UK, Casper was twice named defensive player of the year by the Southeastern Conference and remains the school's all-time leader in digs. She is also ranked fourth on the school's all-time list in games played.
Funeral arrangements for Jenni Casper have not yet been released.