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Ann Gallo

position

Defensive Specialist

Height

5-5

Class

Senior

Hometown

Wheaton, Illinois

High School

Wheaton North HS

2005 (Junior): Appeared in all of Miami’s 30 matches and played in a career-high 120 games as the Hurricanes’ libero…named to the ACC All-Academic team…led Miami with a career-best 3.78 digs per game…earned the team’s Unsung Hero award…recorded 20+ digs in seven matches…dropped in three service aces in five matches…led the team in digs in 19 matches…led the team in service aces in 10 matches…tallied a career-high 24 digs against NC State…turned in personal-best performances in five categories.

2004 (Sophomore): Saw an increased role in the Miami rotation as a defensive specialist…appeared in 60 games for the Hurricanes, registering 80 digs and averaging 1.33 digs per game…recorded a career-high 19 digs against Maryland…tallied 10 digs against NC State…served up two aces at FIU in the first match of the season…registered her only kill of the season at Florida State…recorded one assist in four matches including Clemson, FAU, Duke and Wake Forest… named to the 2004-05 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2003 (Freshman): A role player off the bench for the Hurricanes as a freshman, appearing in 22 games in 13 matches as a defensive specialist…tallied seven total digs in 2003…was given the team’s 100% Award.

High School (Wheaton North): Played as a defensive specialist throughout her scholastic career…all-area honorable mention selection during both junior and senior years…all-conference special mention honoree during senior season…collected three varsity letters…helped lead the Falcons to a regional championship during 2002 campaign and a regional semifinal in 2001.

Club (West Suburban): Placed third in a field of 116 teams at the Mid East National Qualifier and also placed third out of 72 teams at the North East National Qualifier in Baltimore…during junior year, competed in the Mid East National Qualifier, the Northern Lights National Qualifiers, won Mayor Daly Sports Festival and Asics National championships and placed third in the Junior Olympic Invitational in Kentucky.

Personal: Is a die hard Cubs fan…loves going to concerts, including the Dave Matthews Band which she lists as her favorite…her favorite athlete is pro tennis player Justine Henin-Hardenne….majoring in finance.

Gallo’s Favorites
Favorite Athlete: Justine Henin-Hardenne
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite TV Show: Any reality show
Nobody Can Believe I Watch: Lingo (on the Game Show Network)
Favorite Movie: Adventures in Babysitting
Favorite Actor: Rachel McAdams
Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Favorite Magazine: Cosmo
Favorite Song: “Come Downstairs and Say Hello” by Guster
Favorite Musical Artist: Dave Matthews Band and Ben Harper
Favorite Meal: Fried pork chops with applesauce, mashed potatoes and Rice-a-roni
Favorite Sport Other Than Volleyball:College basketball
Favorite Place in Miami: Monty’s
Favorite Thing at UM: The sand volleyball courts by the on-campus apartments
Favorite Part of Being a Hurricane: Being part of a team with such great girls–they are like my sisters!
Biggest Influence in My Life: Miami sister Jean
Advice to Youngsters: Never stop working hard to achieve your goals.
I Chose My Jersey Number Because: Ciara took number 5 (my all-time favorite number), so I chose 14 because you get 5 when you add them together.
To Get Ready For Matches I: Listen to music and try to sit somewhere by myself for a little while
Person In History I’d Most Like To Meet:Dave Matthews
Volleyball Skill I Wish I Could Do Better: Set
Non-Volleyball Skill I Wish I Could Do Better: I’m not the best driver, so I guess I’d want to do that better.