Tusculum volleyball setter Shannon Murphy has been named the Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month for September.
Murphy, a senior from Tinley Park, Illinois, averaged 9.77 assists and 3.12 digs per set for the month in leading the Pioneers to a 9-5 overall record, including 7-3 in the South Atlantic Conference which has the Pioneers in third place in the league standings. TC wrapped up the month winning its last four matches and have been victorious in six of their last seven outings.
Murphy has accounted for 40-plus assists in eight of her 14 matches this year, including three with 50 or more. In Saturday’s 3-2 win over Coker, she dished out a career-high 60 assists, which are the ninth-most in school history (5-set matches). She has been credited with 12 double-doubles, including seven in a row to wrap up September.
Murphy’s 586 assists are the most in the conference while her 9.77 assists per set average is fifth in the league. Her 1,740 career assists are sixth in school history, while her 6.77 assists per set average is seventh amongst Tusculum setters.
The Tusculum College Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville. The Applebee’s Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2017-2018 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.