Roundup: Murphy named All-American again


Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 11:32 p.m.

Senior right-side hitter/setter Kelly Murphy on Wednesday became Florida's first four-time AVCA All-American.

Fellow senior Kristy Jaeckel was named to the AVCA All-America second team.




Murphy, a 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist, 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, 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).

Jaeckel, the SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, 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).

Baseball: Florida junior left-hander/first baseman Brian Johnson, junior infielder/right-hander Austin Maddox, senior infielder/outfielder Preston Tucker, sophomore right-hander Karsten Whitson and junior catcher Mike Zunino were each named to the 2012 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-America Team on Wednesday.

The five selections from coach Kevin O'Sullivan's club were the most nationally.

The Gators open the season Feb. 17 with a three-game series against Cal State Fullerton at McKethan Stadium.

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