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Murphy left with 'empty feeling' following decision

December 14, 2002

mark in the Foothill League. Along with capturing league titles in

1986 and 1994, the Indians reached the CIF Southern Section playoff

quarterfinals in 1986 and 1987, posting a combined 32-8 record.

In addition, Murphy's players earned five All-CIF Southern Section

awards through the years. Athletes like Debbie Penney, Mary Ann

Wagner, Jennifer Wagner, Tracy McCauley and Christy Russell made

Burroughs a successful program and a league front runner in the 1980s

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and early-to-mid 1990s.

However, the program fell on hard times in recent years. Along

with going 7-14 and 0-10 in league this past season, Burroughs hasn't

had a winning season since 1995, which is also the last time the

Indians made it to the postseason.

Murphy -- who was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic team, the

first year the sport was introduced in the Games -- got some good

news recently when she was honored as one of the top women's players

ever to represent the U.S. in international competition. She was one

of the first 12 women chosen in an honor by USA Volleyball.

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