Escalon High School’s All League Middle Blocker Hannah Murphy recently competed at USA Volleyball Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She plays for Rage Volleyball Club and her team won their bid to Nationals by winning the Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane this spring.
At Nationals their team faced the top teams in the country and won their flight.
An incoming senior at EHS, Hannah started playing club volleyball four years ago with a local area league club at the time called Valley Heat. Escalon JV coach Krystal Rodriguez was her first club coach.
From there she went on to play power league the next year with Pulse out of Ripon. Her junior year she had an opportunity to play for Olympic middle blocker Jayne McHugh at Pacific Coast Volleyball Club out of Stockton and this year was her first year playing with Rage Volleyball which is headquartered out of Ripon. Rage draws girls from Fresno to San Francisco and is coached by UC Davis Men’s Club Coach Esther Hon.
The Rage faced tough competition at Nationals as only the best of the best make it there, but finished 5 and 5, and at just barely 5’10” Hannah squared off against opponents ranging anywhere from 6’2” to 6’4”, gaining some valuable experience for the season ahead.
Hannah said she is thankful for all of the local mentors she has had in the Escalon community, including Irene Laugero, Krystal Rodriguez and Teresa Williamson.
Though she said it was a wonderful experience competing at the National level, she’s now excited to re-join her many talented teammates at Escalon High for her senior season.