Oct. 21, 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 and Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Player of the Week for her play during the week of October 13-19, it was announced by the respective conferences. The honor marks the second straight week and a league-high third time this season that McWhorter has earned the LEC award after being named the league's top offensive player for the weeks of September 15-21 and October 6-12.
McWhorter enjoyed her most prolific week of her career with the Beacons after averaging an eye-popping 6.40 kills per set in 10 sets over three matches on the week. The junior was extremely efficient as well, owning a .409 hitting percentage. She also contributed with a pair of aces and six total blocks to giver her 7.05 points per set. The outside hitter added to her offensive game as well with 2.30 digs per set. McWhorter spiked for at least 16 kills in all three matches, including a career-high 25 on a torrid hitting mark of .524 in a four-set victory at Framingham State College on October 14, while adding three digs and a block solo. She put down 23 kills and hit .312 to go with a pair of aces, 14 digs and an assisted block in a 3-0 win at Roger Williams University on October 16 and ended the week with 16 kills, while committing just one attack error for a .405 hitting percentage at Eastern Nazarene College on October 18. UMB won the match in three sets as McWhorter also got up for four total blocks and scooped six digs.
A transfer from NCAA Division I California State University Bakersfield, she has started all 24 matches she has played and leads the conference with 4.42 kills per set, while ranking third with a .360 hitting percentage and 10th with 0.40 service aces per set. McWhorter is enjoying the most productive season of her career, establishing career-highs in kills (340), aces (31), digs (184) and hitting percentage, while leading the UMass Boston in kills per set, hitting percentage and points per set with 5.04. Her kill total is the third-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 20 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 16 occasions and has served up at least one ace in 16 matches, including 11 outings with two or more. She's been outstanding on the defensive side of the net as well, placing second on the team with 2.39 digs per set and 0.34 blocks per set. McWhorter has come up with six or more digs 12 times, including a career-high of 15 three times and has gotten up for at least one block in 17 matches.
For her career, McWhorter has played in 220 sets over 66 matches, while spiking for 644 kills and owning a .266 hitting mark. She split time as a hitter and setter her freshman season and has compiled 291 assists, 336 digs, 46 aces and 73 total blocks for her career.
The Beacons are currently 18-7 on the season and have won nine straight matches and 11 of 12. UMass Boston is also 1-1 in Little East Conference play and will be in action on Tuesday, October 21 when it hosts Pine Manor College in its final home match of the year at 6:00 p.m.