Shannon Murphy photo:Photo by Jon DePaolis/22nd ...
November 01, 2013
Shannon Murphy is a senior setter at Lincoln-Way North. She's helped the Phoenix to a 28-6 overall record and a 6-1 record in the SouthWest Suburban Conference Red Division, good enough for a share of first place.
The regular season is over, and the playoffs start this week. How has it gone?
We were doing really well [starting 22-3], but then we hit a slump. We started going back up again recently, and we hope to keep going from there.
When I was in the fifth and sixth grade, I started playing intramural. Then in the seventh grade, I started playing on my grade school team at Summit Hill Junior High School, and I've been playing since. I started playing club ball when I was a freshman in high school.
What's the key to playing the setter position?
You have to be really quick on your feet. You also have to be ready to take the blame, even if it's not your fault. Another key thing is to know where to split the defense and give the hitters an opportunity for a kill.
I think it's because it's a team sport. You have to give each other recognition and support. If one person is off, the whole team is off. Plus one little thing can change the momentum in a game. But if everyone is together and they feed off each other, it's awesome.
Do you play any other sports?
No. I used to play basketball, but I gave it up after sophomore year to just concentrate on Volleyball.
What opponent do you look forward to playing the most during the season?
Lincoln-Way Central. That's because they're really good. If we could beat them, it would be awesome. We haven't beat them since I've been on the varsity.