May 3, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College sophomore volleyball player Carly Callahan will continue her career in athletics at Lee University this fall in Cleveland, Tenn.

Callahan was a two-year starter at the outside hitter position for the Volunteers and instrumental in leading Logan to yet another 20-win season this past fall. She was third on the team in kills with 150 in 32 games and second in defensive digs (310).

“We are excited about Carly committing to us,” said Lee University head coach Andrea Hudson. “She was one recruit we focused on getting this year. I believe Carly can contribute right away both on the back and front rows.”

Hudson said she expects Callahan to be an impact player.

“And what I also like is that Carly is not only a great player, but also a student who cares deeply about her academics.”

Callahan, who is studying to be a physical therapist, said that what sold her on Lee was the beauty of the campus and friendliness of the coaches and returning players.

“I think it’s a good fit for me,” she said. “I’m excited about it and can’t wait to get started.”

Callahan said she hopes to keep playing the outside hitter position at Lee.

“It’s my favorite position. It allows me the opportunity to hit, pass and defend. I like being involved.”

The sophomore said the only drawback to Lee is that it’s better than a five-hour drive from home.

“That will definitely be an adjustment for me,” she said. “My mom has always been able to make it to my games, but I’m sure she will still make it to some.”

JALC head coach Bill Burnside said Callahan was truly a team player for the Vols.

“Whatever we needed done, Carly did,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about this opportunity for her at Lee. I am confident she will fit right in because she will work hard.”

Burnside described Lee University’s volleyball program as a “quality NCAA Division II program.”

Carly is the daughter of Stacy and the late Dan Callahan of Carterville.