Amanda Murray
Amanda Murray
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Altrincham, Cheshire
High School: Altrincham Girls' Grammar School

Junior Year (2012-13):  Murray notched a 9-11 overall singles record and 5-5 Southern Conference mark, playing mostly in the number four and number five positions.  She recorded a 7-5, 6-0 at #56 UC Santa Barbara to extend her winning streak to three matches after tallying early-season wins over Georgia Southern and Cal Poly, all at number five.  Against #72 East Carolina, Murray picked up a 6-4, 6-0 victory then captured a 6-2, 6-1 win the following week versus Wofford.  She finished the regular season with three-consecutive wins at number four singles, topping Western Carolina, Charlotte and Davidson.  In doubles play, Murray teamed with Michele Stanford for a key 9-7 win over Chattanooga at flight two in the opening round of the Southern Conference Tournament, helping the Paladins clinch the decisive doubles point to move to the tournament’s semifinals.  The Furman duo posted a 5-2 record in league play, defeating Georgia Southern, Wofford, and Samford to open the SoCon season then scoring victories over College of Charleston and Elon in April.  Murray was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Sophomore Year (2011-12):  Murray earned All Southern Conference second team accolades for singles after posting a 10-4 overall record and 8-1 league mark, playing primarily in the number six spot.  She won nine out of ten matches beginning with a 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4 victory over Loyola Marymount on March 10 and concluding April 14 with a 6-3, 6-1 win in the Paladins’ regular season finale versus Davidson.  Murray won five-consecutive SoCon matches in straight-sets to open the conference season.  She teamed mostly with Michele Stanford in doubles, recording a 7-8 overall mark and 2-1 SoCon record in the number three spot.  The duo put together a three-match winning streak in mid-March, defeating East Carolina, Georgia Southern, and Appalachian State.  Murray was named to the ITA All-Academic Team and the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll. 

Freshman Year (2010-11):  Murray recorded an 11-10 overall singles record and a 7-2 league singles mark, playing in the number four and number five singles positions.  She notched a 6-1, 6-3 win in the number four spot at #43 UNLV.  Murray went 5-1 at number four singles in league matches, posting wins over Wofford, Appalachian State, UNC Greensboro, Elon, and Davidson.  She recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win over UNC Greensboro at number five singles in the second round of the SoCon Tournament.  In doubles action, Murray was 5-13 overall and 4-3 against SoCon foes.  She teamed with Lauren Kline for wins over Appalachian State and Davidson in the top doubles spot.  Murray was honored as a member of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

Prep/Personal:  Amanda Murray played tennis at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School, where she captained the team for five years.  She also was a member of the field hockey, badminton, and rounders teams.  Murray helped the hockey and badminton teams to local and regional championships.  Amanda Louis Murray was born July 6, 1992, in Manchester, England.  She is the daughter of David and Catherine Murray.  Her sister, Samantha, played tennis at Northwestern, and her brothers, Neil and Peter, played tennis at Bath University in England.  Murray is majoring in business administration.  

 

Getting to know Amanda Murray

Favorite restaurant: Cheesecake Factory

Favorite band: JLS

Favorite book: Twilight

Favorite movie: She’s the Man

Favorite TV show: The X Factor

Favorite professional sports team: Manchester United

Craziest ambition: Go skydiving

The most famous person I’ve met: David Beckham

Best non-athletic talent:  Accents
First job:  Teaching Tennis

Dream job: Marketing at Manchester United

Something people don’t know about me:  I’m ambidextrous

Proudest athletic accomplishment:  Making the Road to Wimbledon finals

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me:  Sandra Bullock

Pro player I’d most like to play against:  Andy Murray

The reality show I’d go on:  Big Brother

If I’m cooking, we’re having:  Beans on toast

If I were not a tennis player, I would be:  Fat, from eating too much chocolate

Most valuable item I own:  Manchester United shirt