Nov. 30, 2011
BERKELEY - In honor of California volleyball's Tarah Murrey's academic and athletic accomplishments, the Pac-12 Conference honored her as a Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Each year, the Pac-12 picks one senior student-athlete from each sport to be the scholar-athlete of the year for that sport. With her 3.21 grade-point average and countless accolades on the court, Murrey earned the distinction for the sport of volleyball.
Murrey was most recently recognized with placement on the All-Pac-12 First Team and as a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. A two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week this season, Murrey paces her team with 4.27 kills per set. She was also one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award that honors student-athletes who excel in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Murrey is the second-ever Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year with Angie Pressey earning inaugural honors in 2007.
"It is always a challenge selecting the Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year because there are so many remarkable student-athletes in our conference," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "The Pac-12 is extremely proud of its heritage of academic and athletic excellence and this group of student-athletes is an example of achieving balance and success at the highest levels."
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12's 22 sponsored sports. Murrey beat out ASU's Sonja Markanovich, Anica Santos of Colorado, Oregon State's Dre Shaw, Stanford's Stephanie Browne, Laura Van Orden of UCLA, Utah's Danielle Killpack and Lauren Barfield of Washington.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
"Toyo is proud to support the Pac-12 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts," said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. "By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders."
The Pac-12 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-12 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2007-08 academic year.
Fall Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes