Athlete of the Week

A student running a high school television production program probably would not be pinned as a likely college athlete. Yet, junior TV/video major Kelly Hogan surprised many by doing just that. As co-captain of the Emerson women's volleyball team, Hogan is an unlikely combination of a technology junkie and a great athlete.

While she was enthusiastic about playing volleyball at the college level, Hogan said she chose Emerson because of the strong academic programs matching her interest.

"I was really involved with [the] TV/video program in high school," Hogan said. "Emerson had a good program for that, so I came here and volleyball just fell into place."

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Hogan began playing volleyball as a freshman in Salem, N.H., and has been passionate about the sport ever since.

"I just love volleyball," she said.

Her high school team was consistently ranked among the top four in its league, but never won the big prize.

"It's been a goal of mine to [be on a team that wins] the championship," Hogan said.

This ambition has traveled with Hogan to Emerson. "I've always been on the team that almost wins," she said. "Hopefully that's about to change in the future at Emerson."

Hogan may not have won a championship, but her individual statistics are impressive.

She was named to the Third-team Volleyball All Conference for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) as a freshman at Emerson. The following year, she made the First-team All Conference.

Hogan's team-oriented mentality shines on the volleyball court.

Head Coach Ann Miklus said Hogan is an athlete who exemplifies the qualities of a team player.

"She's definitely a leader," Miklus said. "She has a great deal of heart in the game. [She wants to] bring the team to the next level and hold their hand through it."

Hogan said she brings intensity and vocal communication to the squad.

"I'm always calling the ball and which players on the other team are hitters," Hogan said. "I never hesitate to dive. I basically do everything I can to win that point."

Hogan said she ultimately tries to uphold team morale.

"I really believe that if one person is down [emotionally], it affects the team hugely," she said.

To prevent emotional letdown, Hogan said she tries to make herself as approachable, open and available to talk to as possible.

"I aim to make sure everyone [on the team] feels of equal importance," she said.

Although she is a strong leader, Miklus said Hogan is still receptive to instruction from her superiors.

"She's coachable," Miklus said. "She listens to what [her coaches] have to say and never gives attitude."