NCHS Volleyball Team Honors Alexis Murphy During Jamboree

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The Governors sported pink ribbons for Alexis. The Governors sported pink ribbons for Alexis.

The Nelson County Governors are staying strong - despite the absence of Alexis Murphy. Alexis disappeared two weeks ago and on Saturday, her volleyball team hit the court in her honor while teams from around central Virginia rallied together to show their support.

Alexis was set to lead her high school volleyball team onto the court for Saturday's tournament in Nelson County. Instead, the team had to play without her - but they still sported signs of hope for her return.

"Today we have her jersey on the bench with us, but we'll go through practice and they'll say you all remember when Alexis did this, Alexis does this. So they're always thinking about her and hoping that she's coming back," said assistant volleyball coach Jasmine Murphy.

Alexis wore jersey No. 9 and made her presence known on the court as a powerful forward. Head coach Vicki Crawford says the 17-year-old was committed to become a captain this season - until she vanished two weeks ago.

"This year she promised me through the summer and camps that she was going to be the leader. So I was really looking forward to her taking charge out there and leading this team," she said.

Saturday, the Nelson County girls' volleyball team hosted four other teams at the annual jamboree. The Governors sported pink ribbons for Alexis and other teams didn't hesitate to show their support.

"The team we just played - Timberland Christian - they actually changed their uniforms to pink uniforms, pink socks and everything when they played us," Murphy said.

"We were really touched by Timberlake Christian making that real nice poster. It was really sweet, kind of choked us up a little this morning when they put it up," Crawford said.

Signs of strength, support, and hope to bring Alexis home.

"We've made several different adjustments and I think the girls have embraced what's going on and really done an excellent job today - I think - in her honor," Crawford said.

Alexis' family planned to attend Saturday's event, but decided it would be too difficult.

The FBI is currently not releasing any new developments regarding the investigation.

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