Skyline volleyball star Harper Murray remembers winning the bronze medal with the US national team
ANN ARBOR – Harper Murray had the ride of a lifetime which culminated in an unforgettable moment last Wednesday.
Volleyball star Ann Arbor Skyline took a break from her junior high school season to compete with the United States U18 national team at the FIVB Girls U18 Volleyball World Championship in Durango, Mexico.
Murray helped the US team beat Serbia in four straight sets to win a bronze medal, a moment that the Nebraska signing was overjoyed.
“It was the coolest feeling,” Murray said during a phone interview with MLive. “Getting on the podium the other night was actually one of the coolest things I’ve ever done and I’ll never forget that. It meant a lot. Me and my teammates were all excited, we didn’t know what to say. “
Murray spent two weeks with the national team, this time playing against some of the best players in the country instead of playing against them in the off-season.
“That was probably the coolest part for me, playing with all of these girls because I see them all in club tournaments, so I knew some of them before,” said Murray. “And it was exciting to play with girls who were top athletes.”
Playing with the U18 squad gave Murray confidence that she can continue to represent her country in the game she loves.
“One of my goals is to play for the national team after college,” said Murray. “This is the first step, so to speak, and it was super exciting that I was given the opportunity.”
Murray will return to Skylines team in time for the showdown with Dexter on Tuesday. The Eagles reached the state semi-finals in 2019 and were just one win away from it last season.
They are fifth in Division 1 this fall and Murray said the team has hopes of making another deep run in the postseason.
“We’re doing really well this year so I hope we can make it to the state finals,” said Murray. “It’s super motivating because I feel like this is our year to win and we are all very excited about the tournament and can’t wait for it to start.”