Advanced Approach Pittsburgh: Past News: Parent Testimonials

Parent Testimonials

This e-mail from this morning is from Gina McMurray.  Her daughter (Emily) participated with our club the past three years as a sophomore, junior (tore ACL halfway through season), and as a senior.

Emily is a freshman at Penn State University.  She was also a four-year member of the 2006 Section and District (WPIAL) Champion Moon Tigers Girls’ Volleyball Team in high school.

Emily worked hard for everything she got.  We are all very proud of her.


Scott H. Phillips
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From: Gina McMurray
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 11:16 AM
To: Advanced Approach
Subject: Emily McMurray and the Advanced Approach Volleyball Club

Dear Scott and Coaches,

Just wanted to let you all know that Em has made the PENN STATE WOMENS’ CLUB VOLLEYBALL TEAM!!!! This is truly her Cinderella story.

As always, I can't thank you enough for giving her the confidence and the skills to pursue her dream. Every one of you has made such an impact on her life.

From sitting on the bench through high school and her ACL tear she has truly gone from rags to riches in her volleyball world. She never could have done all of this without the wonderful coaches that believed in her and gave her the chance to play at the club level.

I hope all of you realize the difference you can make in a child's life. I know in the big picture of life, playing volleyball may not be the most important thing in the whole world. But you taught her many life lessons such as perseverance, self-esteem, and discipline.

I can't say enough good things about the wonderful Advanced Approach Volleyball Club. It was some of the best times we have ever had and we will miss seeing you this year.

Have a wonderful season and I hope to see you all sometime in the future.


Gina McMurray


Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 5:51 PM
Subject: Emily McMurray and the Advanced Approach Volleyball Club

Dear Scott and Beloved coaches,

Just wanted you to know that Em has made the 1st cut for Club VB at Penn state. She beat out some of the girls that have previously been on the team!!!  The coaches tell her she has been playing amazingly well.  She is a persistent little thing and once again my thanks to all of you for laying the ground work for her.  You not only taught her skills, but you gave her the chance to prove herself .More importantly, you taught her how to overcome mistakes and gave her confidence when she had none.

I have nothing but positive things to say about Advanced Approach and I will miss the tournaments, the girls, and all of you.  Thank-you from the bottom of my heart for giving Em a great foundation and for mentally boosting her up when she needed it most.  I thank God for all of you.  You should show this letter to potential players and their families so they too can know that they are choosing a club that not only teaches the girls how to play volleyball, but truly cares about them too.  I wish you all the best of luck in the coming season.  Let me know when you play close to Moon.  Maybe I will stop in for a visit.


Gina McMurray