Sept. 22, 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 September 15-21, it was announced today by the conference.

McWhorter was dominant on the offensive side of the net for the Beacons, averaging 4.42 kills per set in 12 sets over three matches on the week, while owning a .370 hitting percentage. The junior also fired four aces for 0.33 per set and assisted on three blocks to contribute to 4.88 points per set. She was extremely efficient on the week, hitting no less than .300 in any of her matches, while putting down 13 or more kills in all three outings. The outside hitter spiked for a career-high 24 kills to go with a .400 hitting mark and served up an ace to go with a block assist and 15 digs vs. Smith College on September 20. McWhorter smashed 16 more kills vs. MIT in the second contest of a tri-match and committed just four attack errors to post a .300 hitting percentage and added 15 more digs and another block. She began the week with 13 kills and a .435 hitting mark vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology on September 18 in addition to an ace, 12 digs and a block.

A Stockdale High School (CA) product, she has started all 12 matches she has played and ranks second in the conference with 4.30 kills per set, while placing fourth with 0.55 aces per set with a career-high 22 in 40 sets on the season. Her .318 hitting percentage is also the fifth-most accurate among LEC leaders. She has already topped her career-best with 172 kills on the season and leads UMass Boston in kills and service aces per set and in hitting percentage, while ranking second with 2.45 digs and 0.40 blocks per set. A transfer from Division I California State University Bakersfield, she has made her presence felt as one of the league's top offensive players from the start of the season, registering double-digit kills in all but one match, including six outings with 15 or more. She spiked for 14 kills and made just one attack error to post a blistering .591 hitting mark and added three aces vs. Suffolk University on September 4 and served up a career-high four aces to go with 12 kills vs. Lasell College during the Plymouth State Days Inn of Campton Tournament on September 13. She was also named to the All-Tournament team. McWhorter has hit .182 or better in every match this season and established a personal-best of 15 digs vs. Johnson & Wales University and has since matched that total twice. The California native has also recorded five doubles-doubles of kills and digs.

For her career, McWhorter has played in 183 sets over 54 matches, while spiking for 476 kills and owning a .228 hitting mark. She split time as a hitter and setter her freshman season and has compiled 281 assists, 250 digs, 37 aces and 63 total blocks for her career.

The Beacons are currently 7-6 on the season and will be in action on Wednesday, September 24 when they travel to Worcester, MA for a 6:00 p.m. match with Worcester State College.