Oct. 13, 2008

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball player Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) has been named Little East Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for her play during the week of October 6-12, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks the second time this season that McWhorter has earned the award after being named the league's top offensive player for the week of September 15-21.

McWhorter was extremely efficient in six sets and two matches for the Beacons, having committed just two attack errors on the week for an astonishing .512 hitting percentage. The outside hitter averaged 3.83 kills and 0.33 aces per set for a total of 23 kills and two aces for 4.17 points per set. She spiked for 15 kills and made just one error on October 7 at Lesley University in a 25-15, 25-13, 25-13 victory. The junior hit .483 for the match and added seven digs. McWhorter made the most of her attacks on October 11 vs. College of Saint Elizabeth, putting down eight kills in just 12 attempts, while committing only one error for a .583 hitting mark to go with a pair of aces, six digs and three set assists in a 25-7, 25-6, 25-9 triumph.

A transfer from NCAA Division I California State University Bakersfield, she has started all 21 matches she has played and leads the conference with 4.12 kills per set, while ranking third with a .349 hitting percentage and sixth with 0.43 service aces per set. McWhorter is enjoying the most productive season of her career, establishing career-highs in kills (276), aces (29), digs (161) and hitting percentage (.349), while leading the UMass Boston in kills per set, hitting percentage and points per set with 4.74. Her kill total is the ninth-most in a season at UMB and her hitting percentage is easily the most proficient in a season in school annals. A Stockdale High School (CA) product, she has been extremely consistent, putting down double-digits in kills in all but three matches, including a stretch of 14 consecutive matches from August 30 to October 3 and has owned a hitting percentage of .200 or better in 17 contests, including a high of .667 at Worcester State College on October 24 in a match where she put down 11 kills and made just one error in 15 attempts. McWhorter has spiked for 12 or more kills on 13 occasions, including a career-high 24 vs. Smith College on September 20. The 5'9" hitter has served up at least one ace in 15 matches, including 10 outings with two or more. She's been outstanding on the defensive side of the net as well, placing second on the team with 2.40 digs per set and 0.30 blocks per set. McWhorter has come up with six or more digs 10 times, including a career-high of 15 three times and has gotten up for at least one block in 14 matches.

For her career, McWhorter has played in 210 sets over 63 matches, while spiking for 580 kills and owning a .253 hitting mark. She split time as a hitter and setter her freshman season and has compiled 288 assists, 313 digs, 44 aces and 67 total blocks for her career.

The Beacons are currently 15-7 on the season and have won six straight matches and eight of nine. UMass Boston is also 1-1 in Little East Conference play and will be in action on Tuesday, October 14 when it travels to Framingham, MA to take on Framingham State College at 6:00 p.m.