Name: Anna Calcagno
School: St. Francis, senior
Why she was selected: Calcagno had 11 kills in St. Francis' loss to Nazareth in the Class 3A supersectional last week. Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson caught up with Calcagno, who will play collegiately at Marshall, to discuss her season, volleyball career and more. Below is an edited transcript.
Bartelson: Now that you’ve had a few days to reflect on the season, what are you most proud of team-wise?
Calcagno: I am most proud of the way that we all grew together. We have been together for a few months now and have formed a bond I don't think you can find with any other teams. We are one of a kind. I am also proud of how far we went in our postseason.
Bartelson: Of your years on varsity, what will be your top memory?
Calcagno: My top memory is simply spending time with the team. Whether it was at practice, our team sleepovers or Sonny Acres, these girls make me happier than anyone else.
Bartelson: If you had a piece of advice for an underclassman volleyball player, what would you say?
Calcagno: If I had one piece of advice it would be to take a minute and take everything in before it is too late. People say that high school goes by fast, and they aren't kidding. When in an amazing volleyball program like St. Francis, it's important to make every moment count and to not take any of it for granted.
Bartelson: What has volleyball taught you that you’ll use for the rest of your life?
Calcagno: Volleyball has shaped me in inexplicable ways. It has shown me how to form relationships and mold to make other people happy before myself. It has taught me my own balance of life and relationships while still managing to be the best athlete I can.
Bartelson: Marshall is next. How excited are you for the next chapter?
Calcagno: While it is undeniably sad to lock up this chapter of my life playing as a Spartan, I could not be more excited and overjoyed to join the Herd next fall.