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Maddy Murray: Montana's Musical Tennis Player

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Maddy Murray can be seen out on the courts for the Griz tennis team, but when practice is done, she often turns to music.
After years of playing piano and tennis, eventually she had to make a choice between the two.

"I was trying to practice three hours a day on the piano, and three hours a day of tennis, and school at least 8 hours a day, and that doesn't give me enough hours to survive," Said Murray.
When the time came to pick a college, the Texas native quickly developed a bond over music with her soon to be head coach.

"I'm always interested in kids that perform or play a musical instrument, because I think that kind of discipline translates well to athletics," said Griz Head Coach Steve Ascher.
"Because in some ways, it's like our sports in that you have to practice it over and over again, you have to really focus on it, and he also goes to his guitar to get away from things," said Murray.
Being behind the piano has become an escape from life's daily stresses for Maddy, something that's become very important
"I never get to go home, so when I do come here, it's like I am home, and I even called my mom the other day and had her listen to one of the songs I was playing, and she helped me with certain measures, and it's really great," said Murray.
An applied math major, Murray isn't able to play piano as much as she'd like.  But last year she was able to perform in front of the community, and other athletes for the Griz Got Talent Show.
"They were all really surprised, because they had no idea, because I don't talk about it.  So it was funny to hear what they said after I was done playing the piano," said Murray.
"Unbelievable when I heard it, it was a fantastic piece, and she's playing two pieces this year at the Griz Got Talent on Tuesday night, and I'm excited to see her live," said Ascher.

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