Hometown/Residence: Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington, Ill.
Birth Date: Oct. 20, 1989
College/Major/Grad Year: Florida/Elementary Education/Ongoing
Joined Team: May 2013
- Scored a team-best 157 points during the 2014 FIVB World Championship helping U.S. Women win the gold medal.
- Has led U.S. Women in scoring in both seasons since joining the team... As a rookie, she tallied 314 points with a 3.53 scoring average. In her second season in 2014, she scored team-highs of 370 points and 4.35 points per set average in 2014
- Named Most Valuable Player and Best Spiker of the 2013 NORCECA Women's Continental Championship after leading Team USA to gold medal
- Finished 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round ranked second in Best Spiker with a 45.0 kill percent
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2014 - USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Preliminary Round)...FIVB World Championship (Gold)
2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup vs. Japan...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th)...NORCECA Championship (Gold-MVP)...FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Silver).
Did You Know
- Led the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship, earning the tournament’s Best Server award
- Three-time AVCA All-America (first-team in 2010 and 2011, second-team in 2009) while playing at University of Florida
- Finished seventh in University of Florida history in sets played (447), eighth in kills (1,306), eighth in assists (2,671), 10th in aces (126) and 10th in points (1,567.5) while registering 30 career triple-doubles
- Selected Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist in 2011
- AVCA National Freshman of the Year in 2008
- Named 2007-2008 Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year (Article)
- Ranked as nation's top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com after career at Joliet Catholic High School in Illinois
- Played on Sports Performance club that went 84-0 over three years, earning MVP honors after team won the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships 18 Open title in 2007 and 16 Open title in 2006
- Started playing club volleyball at age 11 in 2000 with Club Uno.
- Mother played volleyball at Illinois State University
- Boyfriend Christian Taylor won the 2012 Olympic Games old medal in the triple jump
The Big Blurb
University of Florida head volleyball coach Mary Wise on Kelly Murphy: "A unique talent. She has a picture-perfect arm swing coming from a 6-foot-2 left-hander. She has great court vision and great arm speed. That by itself would be enough to make her a special talent. But then she has one of the best deliveries and touches on the ball ... of any setter in the college game. She makes it look effortless." (from espnW article dated Dec. 7, 2011)
- FIVB Article: Kelly Murphy Has a Special Fan
- USA Volleyball Interview: Getting to Know Kelly Murphy
- ESPNW Article: Florida's Kelly Murphy in a World of Her Own (Dec. 7, 2011)
Last Updated: Oct. 30, 2014
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