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CGB Hall of Fame: (4) Mike Mohamed vs. (13) Tarah Murrey

As we continue through the Brick Muller region, The Prophet wages battle against a pivotal player from one of the most successful periods in Cal volleyball history. Check out the recently updated bracket here.

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(4) Mike Mohamed

Royrules sums it up nicely:

"He of Big Game glory. He went from an unheralded 2* recruit to a top-notch LB in the Pac-10." The pride of Brawley, CA, he was versatile and smart enough to play all three positions in a 4-3, or play either inside/outside in a 3-4. When fully healthy, he was an instinctive player who was a sure-tackler and equally adept defending the run or pass."

From Remembering the Seniors:

Hydrotech: " I remember when Mohamed first arrived on campus, there was a lot of talk about how the coaches thought he really was going to be special despite not being a big time recruit or the flashiest guy. Looks to me like they were right. I think Mohamed is definitely one of the best "diamonds in the rough" that the coaches found in the past five years or so."

Berkelium97: "In addition to remembering everything he did on the field, I remember his interesting background. He came from a small town in Imperial County, where he grew up on his family's farm. The farm was established by Mike's great grandfather, who left India, became a citizen, and bought 1000 acres of land. The farm has since been passed down through the family and played a big role in Mike's life when he was growing up. During his interviews at the Combine, Mike kept emphasizing his hard-nosed, blue collar work ethic. When asked about his life growing up, Mike says he learned these values by working at the farm. Off the field he works just as hard, as he was named to the Pac-10's all-academic team each of his four years. In a way, Mike is a lot like another recent Cal grad who earned great respect for his tremendous work ethic on and off the field: Alex Mack."

And the picture that is worth 1,000 words:



(13)Tarah Murrey

TheBuckeyeBear enlightens us:

Tarah Murrey excelled in volleyball all four years at Cal and has continued with a career in volleyball after graduating in 2012. With many honors to her name, her Cal Athletics profile lists plenty of accolades:

As a Senior (2011):
• Earned multiple conference accolades - Pac-12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, All-Pac-12 first team, Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
As a Junior (2010):
• Helped lead the USA A2 Blue Team to the gold medal at the 2010 USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships in Phoenix
As a Sophomore (2009):
• Appeared in all 32 matches and 122 sets for the Bears as she earned Pac-10 all-conference honorable mention and all-academic honorable mention
As a Freshman (2008):
• Earned Pac-10 All-Freshman team honors

Off the court, Murrey is certainly no slouch. An avid cook, her favorite meal is lobster with filet mignon, accompanied by mashed potatoes and garlic butter. For this highlight and more, check out:

Cal Sports Report- Tarah Murrey (via Francesca Weems)

Opposing coaches marveled at her skills as a "dynamo," but Murrey also honed her patience at Cal with "hours of hard work," and "not a magic pill," as head coach Rich Feller explained. After graduation, Murrey headed to Italy to play professionally, and now plays for the Vaqueras de Bayamon in Puerto Rico. She credits her time at Cal for developing her work ethic, both athletically and academically, demonstrating the dual goals of a true scholar athlete. What better representative is there of the excellence we recruit, develop, and celebrate at Berkeley?