CHARLOTTE, NC– Sophomore Kelly Murphy of the Shaw University women's volleyball team has been chosen as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Female Scholar Athlete of the Year announced Tuesday afternoon at the CIAA annual Spring General Assembly Meeting and End-of-Year Awards Reception. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year is awarded to the most outstanding and well-rounded male and female student-athlete in terms of their athletic, academic, and community performances.
In the classroom, the Mukwonago, WI native and exercise major posted a 3.9 grade point average this year. On the court, Murphy was the Lady Bears leader, registering 339 kills (2nd CIAA) for an average of 3.42 kills per set (3rd CIAA). The two-time Player of the Week went on to earn All-CIAA and Tournament MVP honors while guiding the Lady Bears to their first CIAA championship in 21 years and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
In the community, Murphy assisted with youth volleyball camps, Church Child Care, feeding the homeless, and Reading Day with Day Care. She also devoted her time to Samaritan's Feet and Boy's and Girl's Club Activities for pre-teens.
The former 2015 CIAA women's volleyball player of the year is 217 kills away from reaching the 1,000 club in total kills. Murphy tallied 444 as a freshman and 339 during her sophomore campaign. The Lady Bears concluded its 2016 season 22-8 overall and 15-1 within the CIAA.
Shawn Roe of Saint Augustine's University track and field team was named the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for his performance, academic and community service marks.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) was founded in 1912 and is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the nation. Although the membership has changed since 1912, the CIAA consists of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's volleyball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.