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Truckee volleyball player receives scholarship to play at William Jessup University

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Submitted to the SunTruckee senior Elaina Murphy smiles after signing her letter of intent to play volleyball at William Jessup University in Rocklin.
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Truckee senior Elaina Murphy received an athletic scholarship to play volleyball at William Jessup University in Rocklin.

and#8220;Sheand#8217;s being recruited as a defensive specialist, and the reason she is, is because she moves well on the court,and#8221; said Terry Stafford, head coach at William Jessup. and#8220;Sheand#8217;s not afraid to go to the floor, and she does it easily.

and#8220;She brings balls up that are hard-driven, and weand#8217;re looking for someone to help us do that at the college level.and#8221;

Murphy signed her letter of intent in early November. In addition to her athletic scholarship, which covers about half of her tuition, room and board, Murphy said she also received an academic scholarship.

Sheand#8217;s the second Murphy from Truckee to commit to William Jessup in the past two years, as 2009 Truckee grad Kati Murphy (no relation) just wrapped up her freshman season at the private Christian university. The Warriors and#8212; members of the National Association of Interscholastic Athletics (NAIA) and#8212; played into the California Pacific Conference playoffs last week before being eliminated.

The prospect of joining her former teammate and#8212; from both her Pinnacle Truckee Volleyball Club team and high school team and#8212; added to the collegeand#8217;s appeal, Elaina said.

and#8220;I got to play with Kati up here on our club team, and Iand#8217;ve always had fun playing with Kati. Iand#8217;ve played (club volleyball) with her since middle school,and#8221; she said.

Both Elaina and Kati met Stafford the summer before last, when the first-year coach at William Jessup brought his team to Truckee for a week-long training session.

and#8220;At nights I would get to practice with the girls, and the coach would give me feedback,and#8221; Elaina said. and#8220;The girls were all really nice, and the coach was such a nice guy to work with.and#8221;

Stafford left with a good impression of the Truckee players as well and#8212; both on the court and off.

and#8220;The first thing I look at is a player as a person. I look at how kids treat their coaches and how they treat their teammates, and so I look at specific character traits before I even look at their skills,and#8221; Stafford said. and#8220;Theyand#8217;ve got to have good character and integrity first. And from what Iand#8217;ve seen from Elaina, sheand#8217;s definitely a great kid.and#8221;

Elaina, whose Truckee team earned the schooland#8217;s first-ever state championship last weekend in Las Vegas, said she plans to major in pre-law.

and#8220;She will bring good energy to that program,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Nicole Annaloro. and#8220;I think her strengths are definitely as a defensive player, and I think it (William Jessup) is a good fit for her.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m also excited she gets to play with Kati Murphy again.and#8221;