Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

24 October 2011

Column: Murrey’s will continues to lead No. 2 Cal volleyball to victory

University of California outside hitter Tarah Murrey said more about her mentality and makeup with one action during a short break in play at Haas Pavilion than anything she could ever do in a match.

The preseason All-American already does everything else they could humanely ask of their top star, their captain, their emotional leader. So it was this one act that revealed more with less, and helped exemplify why Murrey was recently named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, given to the player that exhibits excellence in the classroom, community, competition and character.

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1 October 2011

No. 4 Cal volleyball keeps rolling despite small crowds

It’s the age-old question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Though the man who the question is attributed—the aptly named 18th century philosopher George Berkeley—could have never imagined its contemporary, less existential application, it actually helps address the issue of low attendance at the University of California women’s volleyball matches. Because ironically, when a tree falls—the rival Stanford Cardinal, to be exact—it is the only time when fans turn out in droves to make sound.

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