8 NCAA Tournament Appearances - 19 AVCA All-America Honors - 2 ACC Titles
Meet the 2013 Team
3rd season @ Clemson 3-Time All-ACC Selection Alma Mater: Clemson ‘10
1st season @ Clemson on staff (5th overall) 3-Time All-ACC Selection 2008 ACC Volleyball Player-of-the-Year
Kelsey Murphy is in her third season as an Assistant Coach at Clemson. Head volleyball coach Jolene Jordan Hoover announced the addition of Murphy to her staff as an assistant coach on Jan. 6, 2011. Murphy was a three-time All-ACC selection as a setter for the Tigers from 2006-09. “We’re very happy to have Kelsey with our program,” said Hoover. “I am so proud of what she has accomplished with her career. Having alumni come back is, in my mind, a fantastic compliment to our program. Alumni have such pride in the program and in the university, an understanding of the landscape and commitment that we have here.” Murphy, along with Clemson Hall of Fame alum, Jodi (Steffes) Welp comprise the coaching staff, and between them have six AVCA All-region honors, and seven All-ACC selections. Ironically, the two also attended the same high school, Providence Catholic High School. Murphy, a native of New Lenox, IL, spent the 2010 season as a Graduate Assistant Coach with Tennessee Tech. Clemson has won 20 or more matches in each of her first two seasons on the sidelines. Murphy helped guide Hannah Brenner to a 10.04 assists per set average, the most by a Tiger since she played in 2009. Brenner finished 5th in the conference in assists per set. In her first season as an assistant (2011), she helped the team to a 20-12 overall record and a 12-8 mark in league play. Murphy handles many administrative duties and travel organization in addition to her on-court responsibilities. Prior to her graduation in May of 2010, Murphy was a four-year starter for Hoover’s Clemson team. She led Clemson to NCAA tournament appearances in each of her final three seasons, and was named All-ACC and AVCA All-Region in each of those seasons. She also guided the Tigers to an ACC Championship in 2007, and helped Clemson to the league’s highest hitting percentage in two of her four seasons. Murphy finished her career as the only player in ACC history with 5,000 assists, 1,000 digs, and 400 blocks in a career. She married Drew Saberhagen, an assistant baseball coach at USC Upstate in January of 2013.
Danielle Hepburn, the 2008 ACC Volleyball Player-of-the-Year, is in her first season with the Clemson Volleyball program as a Graduate Assistant, joining the staff in July. Hepburn, who graduated in 2009, has played professionally overseas for the last four years. “We are extremely thrilled that Danielle is coming back to her alma mater and will help our team in numerous ways, especially with her international playing experience,” said Hoover. “She is one of the greatest players that we’ve had, so I think it’s exciting that we can add someone like that to our staff.” “I am very excited to be a part of the program again,” said Hepburn. “After playing internationally, I decided that it is important to me to become more involved with student-athletes, and I am happy that I am able to return to Clemson to do that.” Hepburn was a 3rd-team AVCA All-American in 2008, and led the team to NCAA Tournament wins in 2007 and 2008, and the ACC Championship in 2007. Hepburn is Clemson’s career leader in hitting percentage (.357), blocks (684), block assists (560), blocks per set (1.47), and 8th with 1,507 kills. Clemson’s program now features three former Tiger greats in threetime All-ACC selections Jodi Steffes Welp (1998-01) and Kelsey Murphy Saberhagen (2006-09), as well as Hepburn (2005-08). Playing career at Clemson: 2008 ACC Volleyball Player of the Year 2006, 2007, 2008 All-ACC 2008 AVCA 3rd-Team All-American Clemson career leader in blocks, block assists, blocks per set, hitting percentage, and 8th in kills Led Clemson to 2007 ACC Championship with 29-4 overall record, and all-time ACC-best 21-1 in league play
The Murphy File Hometown New Lenox, IL Education Clemson ‘10 Playing Experience Clemson: 2006-09 Three-time All-ACC selection Three-time honorable mention All-American Coaching Experience Tennessee Tech - Graduate Asst. - 2010 Clemson - Assistant Coach - 2011-pres.
2013 Clemson Volleyball
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