Hometown/Residence: Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington, Ill.
Birth Date: Oct. 20, 1989
College/Major/Grad Year: Florida/Elementary Education/Ongoing
Joined Team: May 2013
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2013 – Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th)...NORCECA Championship (Gold-MVP)...FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Silver).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2013 – Led Team USA in scoring during her first year with the team, netting 314 points with a 3.53 scoring average over the course of 89 sets and 21 starts…Converted 44.1 percent of attacks in 2013 with a .295 hitting efficiency (262-87-594), along with averages of 0.28 aces, 0.30 blocks and 0.87 digs per set…Played in 11 sets during Pan American Cup helping the U.S. win the event for the second consecutive year…Scored 17 total points in Pan American Cup for a 1.55 average…Tallied 11 points in sweep of Brazil on June 15, including nine kills and two blocks as a reserve with two set starts…Played in nine sets, all as a reserve, in the USA Volleyball Cup versus Japan…Tallied 21 points in two matches of the Cup, including a 12-point performance on July 13 that included 12 kills on 20 attacks with just one set start in a five-set win over Japan…Produced a .529 hitting efficiency during the USA Volleyball Cup on 34 attacks…Started 12 of 14 matches of FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging 3.91 points, 3.16 kills, 0.35 aces, 0.40 blocks and 0.93 digs per set…Led team in scoring in six World Grand Prix matches, twice while coming off the bench…Tallied 25 points versus Serbia on Aug. 11 with 22 kills on 35 swings as part of a .600 hitting efficiency…Through the World Grand Prix preliminary round, ranked second in Best Spiker with a 45.00 kill percent and 18th in scoring…Selected most valuable player and Best Spiker of the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship after leading Team USA to the gold medal…Averaged 4.42 points per set during NORCECA Championship with a 49.5 kill percent and 3.75 kills per set…Added 1.00 dig average in NORCECA Championship…Scored team-high 18 points in NORCECA gold-medal match versus Dominican Republic…Averaged 3.93 points per set during the FIVB Grand Champions Cup while ranking 10thin in scoring with 57points, eighth in spiking with 37.9 kill percent and 10th in serving with a 0.19 ace average…Scored 19 points against Japan in Grand Champions Cup, while turning in double-double of 16 points and 11 digs versus Dominican Republic.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2011 – Named AVCA All-America First Team and Volleyball Magazine All-American as a senior…Selected as a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist…Started every match and set of her career at University of Florida…Finished seventh in school 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)…Registered 30 career triple-doubles. 2010 – Named AVCA First-Team All-America … Earned SEC Player of the Year … A 2010 First-Team All-SEC selection … Selected CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-District selection … Tallied seven triple-doubles on the season, including three that came in three-set matches … Became just the 17th player in school history to record her 1,000th career kill, doing so against Florida State (12/4) … 2009 - Selected 2009 AVCA Second-Team All-American ... All-SEC First Team. 2008 - Named the National Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Volleyball Magazine … 2008 All-South Region selection … Tied for the national lead in triple-doubles during the 2008 campaign with six … Broke the school record for triple-doubles just 27 matches into her collegiate career.
OTHER USA VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE: 2007 - 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.
CLUB/PREP CAREER: Ranked as the nation’s top recruit by PrepVolleyball.com after career at Joliet Catholic Academy … Selected as 2007 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year…Named captain of the 2008 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 … A three-time All-America selection by PrepVolleyball.com (2005-07) and a two-time Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine pick (2006-07) … Garnered Player of the Year honors from the Chicago Sun-Times in 2007… Was one of only two players with remaining high school eligibility on the team … Guided Sports Performance to the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships 18 Open national title in 2007 and the 16 Open crown in 2006, collecting MVP honors at both events … Sports Performance claimed the 2008 Junior Volleyball Director’s Association national championship … Helped orchestrate three consecutive AAU national championships for Sports Performance from 2006-08, as the club team compiled an 84-0 record since it was assembled when its members were 16 years of age … Named MVP of the tournament during the club’s first title run in 2006…Started playing club volleyball in 2000 with Club Uno.
PERSONAL: Born Kelly Murphy on Oct. 20, 1989, in Joliet, Ill.…Parents are Scott and Sandy Murphy with two sisters, Jennifer (1991) and Mary (1997)…Mother played volleyball at Illinois State University…Nickname is Murph…Majoring in elementary education at University of Florida…Hobbies include puppies, movies, baking, music, television shows (The Office, new Girl, Modern Family, The Vampire Diaries)…Favorite foods are chips and salsa, queso and guacamole…Favorite book is the Harry Potter series…Favorite music category is country…Favorite musician is Justin Timberlake…Favorite movie is Remember the Titans…Favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio…Favorite professional team is Chicago Bulls…Favorite athlete is Michael Jordan…Most admired person is boyfriend Christian Taylor, USA triple jumper in track and field, because “I watched him work for four years for his goal of winning a gold medal and saw him overcome so many obstacles and eventually achieve his goal. It is so inspiring to see someone work so hard, sacrifice so much, and dedicate themselves to something and then actually see the results.”…Happiest moment in life is “When I finally made the decision on where I was going to go to college. Getting to tell all my family and friends and being able to look forward to that next step in my life was so exciting.”
Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2013