Oct. 27, 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 the third straight week for her play during the week of October 20-26, it was announced today by the conference. The honor marks a league-high fourth time this season that McWhorter has earned the award after being named the league's top offensive player for the weeks of September 15-21, October 6-12 and October 13-19.

McWhorter still managed to put up outstanding numbers in a week that saw her play through a couple different injuries. The junior averaged 4.33 kills and 0.56 aces per set in nine sets over three matches on the week. She also maintained a .380 hitting percentage and added a pair of blocks to give her 45.5 points on the week for an average of 5.06 per set. The outside hitter began the week on October 21 with nine kills vs. Pine Manor College in two sets, before leaving with a shoulder injury, but owned a torrid .583 hitting mark. She was in action again three days later when she spiked for 17 kills and committed just three attack errors for a .400 hitting percentage at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, despite being inadvertently kicked in the head during play. She also fired a career-high five aces and got up for two total blocks in the four-set victory. McWhorter came back to put down 13 more kills vs. Plymouth State University on the same day and recorded a .281 hitting percentage.

A transfer from NCAA Division I California State University Bakersfield, she has started all 27 matches she has played and leads the conference with 4.41 kills per set, while ranking third with a .362 hitting percentage and sixth with 0.42 service aces per set. McWhorter is enjoying the most productive season of her career, establishing career-highs in kills (379), aces (36), digs (198) 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 second-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 four 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 23 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 18 occasions and has served up at least one ace in 17 matches, including 12 outings with two or more. She's been outstanding on the defensive side of the net as well, placing second on the team with 2.30 digs per set and 0.33 blocks per set. McWhorter has come up with six or more digs 13 times, including a career-high of 15 three times and has gotten up for at least one block in 18 matches.

For her career, McWhorter has played in 229 sets over 69 matches, while spiking for 683 kills and owning a .271 hitting mark. She split time as a hitter and setter her freshman season and has compiled 293 assists, 350 digs, 51 aces and 75 total blocks for her career.

The Beacons are currently 21-7 on the season and have won a school-record 12 straight matches and 14 of 15. UMass Boston is also 3-1 in Little East Conference play to place second in the standings and will be in action on Tuesday, October 28 when it travels to inner city rival Emerson College at 7:00 p.m.