Anna Murphy

Anna Murphy poses with her family at her signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Murphy will attend Boston College to continue her volleyball and academic careers.

ZIONSVILLE – Anna Murphy had to wait a few years to make her college choice official.

But now that she has, she couldn’t be happier. The Zionsville senior had a signing ceremony Tuesday afternoon, celebrating her signing with Boston College to continue her academic and volleyball careers.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Murphy said. “It really hasn’t felt real until recently, since it’s senior year. Even though I have been committed for three years and knew where I was going, it feels surreal that it’s real and it’s a great feeling.”

Boston College is a Division I program in the ACC.

They finished this season 20-11 under head coach Jason Kennedy, and advanced to the National Invitational Tournament.

Murphy said several things about the school and program stood out to her.

“I always wanted to go to college in a city,” Murphy said. “When I visited the campus, the people were so nice and some of the best people I have met in my life. The girls I am going to play with and the coaches are the best people on Earth and I am excited to get there.”

Murphy was an Indiana All-Star as both a junior and senior.

She set the Zionsville single-season record with 649 digs and added 35 aces this year.

Murphy had 1,486 digs and 110 aces in her career.

She said that more than anything, she thinks it was her competitiveness that helped attract the Boston College coaches.

“I think they were looking for girls that were willing to do anything for the team and do it as hard as they can all the time,” Murphy said. “Just girls that want to be there and want to help the team.”

Murphy will still play club this winter and spring, and said there are some things she is focused on in her game to make sure she is ready to go when it is time to get to college.

“Personally, I am just trying to get more consistent with everything I do,” Murphy said. “Obviously playing college volleyball, everything is on a whole other level. One of the things the coaches have asked for is consistency, so when I’m playing club this year, I am just going to focus on having the best practices and best games at all times.”

Murphy was a four-year varsity player that helped the Eagles win 101 games, a Hoosier Crossroads Conference title, three sectional titles and a regional title.

More than any championships or wins, she said her biggest takeaways from being an Eagle are her teammates.

“It’s definitely the girls that I am going to remember,” Murphy said. “All the girls I played with are literally the best people. Having a lot of them here made this day even better.”

Murphy will enroll in the business school at Boston College and plans on attending law school upon graduation.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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