Athlete of the Semester: Hannah Gilligan ’23

Maura Gilligan '26

Our athlete of the quarter, Hannah, played volleyball for all of her four years at
Nazareth. Since volleyball season has come to an end, I asked her a few questions.

1. When did you first start volleyball and how long have you been playing?
I started playing in sixth grade in the CYO league for my grade school, St. Katherines.
I’ve been playing volleyball for six years.

2. What made you interested in playing volleyball?
My grade school needed more people on the team and all of my friends were playing so it sounded like fun.

3. When did you fall in love with volleyball and realize it was your favorite
I fell in love after my first CYO practice, but I didn’t realize it was my favorite sport until
my sophomore year of high school. In eighth grade, I did both volleyball and track and loved
both, but I couldn’t decide on which I loved more. After my first season on varsity
sophomore year, I realized that I loved it and decided to quit track so I could do club

4. What motivates you to play well at every game?
As a captain, I have to be a leader and try my best to play well at every game so that I
hopefully motivate my teammates. I also love when I play well, and I’m able to
score points for my team.

5. What’s your favorite thing to do in volleyball?
My favorite thing to do in volleyball would definitely be blocking or hitting.

6. How was your senior season and senior night?
My senior season was different than I expected. I didn’t think my coach from freshman
year would come back and coach me again. I also didn’t think I would become closer
with people on the team whom I’ve never really talked to before. Even though we didn’t win
very often, it was a great experience, and I loved being able to play. My senior night was
amazing, and it was a good way to end the season. I am so thankful for my teammates
for putting everything together, setting up the gym, and so much more.

7. If you had to describe your volleyball experience in one word what would it
Interesting. I would use the word interesting because even though I love volleyball, I’ve
had my ups and down with it. Sometimes I wanted to quit, but other times I couldn’t
imagine myself not playing.

8. What advice would you give to young volleyball players?
Don’t be scared to try new things. Don’t get frustrated with yourself, and don’t get in your own head.                  Always remember to have fun.