I guess we’re not the only ones who think Tarah Murrey was one of the best volleyball players in the area. Gatarade thinks she’s the best in the STATE. We won’t argue.
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Saint Mary’s High School STANDOUT NAMED
GATORADE CALIFORNIA VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CHICAGO (December 11, 2007) — In its third decade of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in partnership with RISE Magazine, today announced Tarah Murrey of Saint Mary’s High School as its 2007-08 Gatorade California Volleyball Player of the Year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Murrey as California’s best high school volleyball player. Murrey is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award to be announced in mid-December.
The 6-foot-3 senior outside hitter averaged 6.3 kills per game this fall, finishing with a .494 hitting percentage and leading the Panthers (30-9) to a third straight North Coast Section title. The returning Contra Costa Times Player of the Year, Murrey recorded 412 kills, 141 digs, 59 aces and 34 blocks in 2007. After totaling 38 kills, 11 digs and seven aces in a 3-1 California Interscholastic Federation Division IV Northern regional quarterfinals victory against Ripon, she blasted 35 kills in a 3-2 semifinals loss to Harker. A member of the USA Volleyball Youth National Team, Murrey earned Most Valuable Player, Best Spiker and Best Scorer honors at the 2006 NORCECA World Championships.
Murrey has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom. A year-round volleyball player, she is also an active volunteer in her community, coaching at Piedmont area youth camps. As an enthusiastic member of her school’s choir, she has also donated her time singing at local nursing homes.
“Her skill is at the highest level I’ve ever seen for a high school player,” said Saint Mary’s Head Coach Cassie Aschinger. “She’s an amazing athlete. She hits just as hard as most girls with her right hand, and she’s left-handed. She’s a very versatile player. As big as she is, she’s like a cat in the back row. She can get to anything.”
Murrey, whose father, Doug Murrey, was a 1981 NBA Draft pick by the Golden State Warriors, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of California at Berkeley next fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field. The selection process is administered by RISE Magazine, which works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Murrey joins recent Gatorade California Volleyball Players of the Year two-time winner Alix Klineman (2006-07 & 2005-06, Mira Costa HS) and Cynthia Barboza (2004-05, Woodrow Wilson HS) among the state’s list of former award winners.
For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit gatorade.com/playeroftheyear.