Wednesday February 1, 2012Jaeckel and Murphy Named Volleyball Magazine All-Americans
Florida seniors Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and Kristy Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.) added more accolades to their Gator legacies as they were both honored as 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s All-Americans in the February issue of Volleyball Magazine. Murphy and Jaeckel, now playing professionally together for the Guaynabo Mets out of Puerto Rico, were named first team and third team, respectively.
Murphy, a 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist and 2011 AVCA First Team All-America, led Florida with 693 assists on the year. She finished fifth in the SEC in service aces (38, .32/set) and hitting percentage (.330). The Illinois native is second on the team in service aces, kills (297, 2.54/set) and points (367.5, 3.14/set), and third in digs (271, 2.32/set). Murphy was named the AVCA National Player of the Week and SEC Offensive Player of the Week for her triple-double in a three-set sweep of Mississippi State.
Murphy, who started every match and set of her career, finished her time as a Gator seventh all-time in sets played (447), eighth in kills (1,306), eighth in assists (2,671), 10th in service aces (126) and 10th in points (1,567.5). Murphy was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic, the Active Ankle SEC/ACC Challenge and the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, as well as a 2011 Preseason All-SEC selection. Over the span of her career, Murphy registered 30 career triple-doubles and 76 career double-doubles and is a three-time All-American.
Jaeckel, the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year and a 2011 AVCA Second Team All-America, led the Gators in kills, points and service aces on the season. The Colorado native racked up 405 kills on the season (3.49/set – seventh in SEC) to go along with 500.5 points (4.31/set – fourth in SEC) and 49 aces (.42/set – 1st in SEC, 27th in NCAA). She is also third on the team in digs (268, 2.31/set) and blocks (72, .62/set), including a team-high 21 block solos. Jaeckel, a 2011 Capital One First Team Academic All-District® selection and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, has a perfect 4.0 as a graduate student in Sport Management.
Jaeckel’s name is all over the Florida record books, as she finished her career fifth all-time in attacks (3,405), seventh in kills (1,331), ninth in points (1,588.0) and 10th in block solos (58). She was named the AVCA National Player of the Week and SEC Offensive Player of the Week for her stellar performances on the road against Auburn and Georgia. Jaeckel was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic, the Active Ankle SEC/ACC Challenge and the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, where she was named the Tournament MVP. Jaeckel was also a 2011 Preseason All-SEC selection and is just the ninth player in Gator history to reach 3,000 or more attacks.
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