Hahn continues to shine even after Cyclone career

AMES – Kristen Hahn spent her Iowa State volleyball career re-writing the Cyclone record books.

But even after the three-time Big 12 Libero of the Year graduated, Hahn is still finding ways to make headlines.

Hahn became the first Cyclone volleyball player to receive a chance to train with Team USA when United States coach Karch Kiraly extended an invitation to one of the best players to don an ISU uniform.

“I got an email from USA head coach (Kiraly) and he said he wanted to talk to me,” said Hahn, who was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week 17 times in her career. “He called me (Wednesday) and invited me to come out to California in May and June. I did my best to keep calm, but I was really excited and had a lot of questions. It is pretty exciting. I am still in a little bit of shock.”

Hahn finished 2013 with 5.71 digs per set, the highest rate for a season in school history, and her career 5.17 digs per set also is an Iowa State record. The 17 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week awards is a conference record and she finished her Iowa State career with 68 straight matches recording at least 10 digs, a streak that encompassed the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons.

“This is the first athlete we have had get invited into the program,” said Iowa State coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. “Kristen has worked very hard to create this opportunity for herself. She will do great out there – she is a great athlete and a terrific libero.”

Hahn will work on finishing her degree in kinesiology before putting on the red, white and blue. She is scheduled to graduate in May, but after that, it is off to the world of professional volleyball.

“I think the hardest part as just getting my foot in the door,” said Hahn of the opportunity. “Now that I have this opportunity, I can continue my volleyball career. It will be a continuous learning process and USA Volleyball is the next step for me. My goal is to be a part of USA Volleyball for as long as I can.”