Gwen Murphy Named 2015-16 Joe Kearney Award Winner

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State volleyball player Gwen Murphy is the 2015-16 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winner. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

The 2015 WAC Player of the Year, Murphy was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American, just the seventh player in NM State history to earn the honor. She was also named AVCA first team All-Region, first team All-WAC, was the MVP of the 2015 WAC Tournament and was a three-time WAC Player of the Week. Murphy finished the season ranked 10th nationally with a .421 hitting percentage, the third-highest single-season mark in WAC history.

During the 2015 season, Murphy had four matches in which she had no hitting errors, including a sweep of Robert Morris when she finished with 14 kills on 15 attempts for a .933 hitting percentage, breaking the WAC record that had been in place since 1999. Additionally, she was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30, becoming the first Aggie ever to earn the honor. Murphy was the 14th player in WAC history and the first since the 2007 season to receive the AVCA weekly honor.

During her career, the Aggies won two regular-season titles (2013, 2015) and three WAC Tournament titles (2012, 2013, 2015). Murphy holds school records for matches played (136) and sets played (472).

“Gwen was the WAC Player of the Year and an All-American, but her statistics are even more impressive when you look at what she did in our non-conference schedule against nationally-ranked competition,” NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan said. “She was dominant in matches against Texas, Arizona and Arizona State, among others. We have had quite a few great players here and I believe Gwen had the best season in NM State history. She was a great competitor and a tremendous leader.”