Krysta Murphy is Sierra Sun’s female Athlete of the Year from Truckee High
Call Krysta Murphy a silent assassin.The senior three-sport athlete is not flashy. She does not bark out commands, deride teammates or seek attention for anything outside of her job on the court or field. She just performs andamp;#8212; and performs well.andamp;#8220;She’s kind of the quiet, passionate person on the court,andamp;#8221; said Truckee volleyball coach Erika Murphy (of no relation). andamp;#8220;She’s really good at keeping her emotions under control. She’s always very sportsmanlike, even if other girls aren’t on the other side of the net. She has great character as an athlete.andamp;#8221;For that character combined with her above average skill set in all three of her respective sports, Krysta Murphy is the Sierra Sun’s female Athlete of the Year from Truckee High School.andamp;#8220;She was our anchor,andamp;#8221; said Truckee girls’ basketball coach Geoff Stephens, who named Murphy his co-team MVP and captain along with Aleigh Krug. andamp;#8220;She was just a quiet leader. She left everything on the court in practice, she was attentive and was always trying to improve her game. andamp;#8220;She didn’t care if she was the high scorer or rebounder; she did whatever was needed to win. She was one of the more pleasant kids I’ve coached in over 30 years.andamp;#8221;That consensus was unanimous in all three of her sports, which included softball in the spring. andamp;#8220;Krysta is just one of those kids that makes it fun to be a coach,andamp;#8221; said Truckee assistant softball coach Bret Churchman. andamp;#8220;She’s always been one of the hardest workers, and she’s a genuinely sweet kid.andamp;#8221;Murphy’s stellar senior year began with volleyball in the fall, when she helped lead the Wolverines to a third consecutive 3A state championship. As a three-year varsity player, Murphy played a large role in each of the titles, including her sophomore year as a key contributor off the bench.She was voted by coaches to both the All-State and All-League first team as an outside hitter this past season, primarily for her outstanding defense, her coach said.andamp;#8220;That girl is the queen of defense and passing,andamp;#8221; Erika Murphy said. andamp;#8220;Last year and this year, she pretty much rocked the charts for passing. And it turned games around. Nothing hits the floor with her around. She’s all over that court.andamp;#8221;In 55 games played, Murphy tallied 233 service receptions, 61 digs, 26 service aces and a serving percentage of 90.5. She plans to play volleyball andamp;#8212; and possibly softball andamp;#8212; at Cabrillo College near Santa Cruz this fall.Stephens thinks Murphy could turn some heads within the Cabrillo College basketball program as well.andamp;#8220;I think basketball might be her best sport,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;She was one of our best defenders and offensive players. She could do it all. She could pass, she could rebound andamp;#8212; when she was out of the lineup, we struggled. She was the glue that kept everything together.andamp;#8221;A starting forward on the league champion Truckee basketball team, Murphy averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game, while also taking on the assignment of guarding the toughest opposing post players, Stephens said. She also was the second-best 3-point shooter on the team, and worked tirelessly to improve every facet of her game.andamp;#8220;She was always to practice early. You never had to tell her to pay attention, and she didn’t take any nonsense from the kids who were not focusing,andamp;#8221; Stephens said. andamp;#8220;She was a leader in that way. The kids looked up to her.andamp;#8220;And I think she learned to start taking on some of the responsibilities of a captain and a leader as time went on. It’s not her most comfortable role, but she certainly embraced it this year, and really was a andamp;#8220;watch meandamp;#8221; leader instead of telling someone how to do it.andamp;#8221;Murphy was voted to the All-League first team by Mount Rose League basketball coaches.In softball, the senior also was voted to the All-League first team while receiving All-State honorable mention as a sure-handed third baseman. She served as the Wolverines’ No. 2 starting pitcher as well, and provided power at the plate on the offensive side.Murphy finished her senior year with a .250 batting average and a .422 on-base percentage, with 14 RBIs and three home runs. Defensively, she committed only two errors all season and boasted a team-leading fielding percentage of .957. From the circle, she recorded 38 strikeouts in 42.2 innings and posted a 3-3 record.andamp;#8220;She was one of our pitchers all four years, and a real team anchor at third base,andamp;#8221; Churchman said. andamp;#8220;There’s no doubt that she was a primary contributor in our girls making it to the playoffs for the last couple of years.andamp;#8221;
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