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Volleyball, Then and Now: Ann Callahan

Ann Callahan (Roberson) led the Huskies in a highly-successful stretch in the late-1990s.
June 21, 2017


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STORRS, Conn. --
During one of UConn volleyball's winningest eras, Ann Callahan (Roberson) was a crucial piece that helped the Huskies to an 86-45 record (.656) from 1995-98, resulting in a Big East Regular Season Championship in her senior season.

Callahan, a two-time All-Big East Second Team selection, is a prominent figure in the annals of volleyball at UConn. It has been almost 20 years since her last collegiate match and she is still the program's all-time assists leader (4,950).

In three of her four seasons as a Husky, Callahan recorded a top-10 single-season program mark in assists, with her peak coming in 1997. Her 1,434 assists as a junior ranks second among all UConn players for a single year.

She also ranks third all-time in service aces (168) and is tied for seventh in sets played (446) throughout her career.

From 1995 to 1997, Callahan played under head coach Ellen Crandall, before Kelli Myers took the helm in 1998. The Huskies went 34-11 (.756) in Big East play over the four-year period, including a program-best 11-1 record in 1998.

Callahan was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 1995, racking up 1,239 assists -- seventh-most in UConn single-season history.

A two-time Conference Academic All-Star, Callahan helped the Huskies achieve one of the high points in program history by capturing a share of the 1998 Big East Regular Season title. UConn had a 13-match winning streak that season, the longest in program history.

Since her playing days ended, Callahan has been busy with her career and raising a family. Catch up with one of the all-time UConn greats in this "Then and Now" segment:

Where do you live now? Gilbert, Arizona

What was your major at UConn? Communications, later earned my teaching certificate and Master's Degree in Education.

Where do you currently work? Third Grade Teacher

Where did your interest in volleyball originally come from? Loved it the second I tried it in 7th grade and started setting.

What is your favorite memory as a UConn volleyball player? Setting offense to some of the greatest hitters I've ever played with. Ball control, fun offense, and amazing team defense. Beating Notre Dame for the Big East regular season title. Traveling memories with our team!

What do you miss the most about life as a UConn student-athlete? Spending time with my team. Although we just had a reunion for my 40th birthday and it was incredible!

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment since graduating? Sean and I have a five-year old daughter and twin boys who will be three in August. Hardest job in the world, but so much fun!


 

 

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