Nov. 13, 2008

LEXINGTON, KY - University of Massachusetts Boston women's volleyball player Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-New England Region Honorable Mention Team it was announced today.

McWhorter was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year last week and also earned a spot on the LEC All-Star First Team to become the first player in school history to earn the top player award. The California native made an immediate impact after transferring to UMB from NCAA Division I California State University Bakersfield, being named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week a league-high four times. She led the Little East Conference with 4.52 kills per set in 109 sets to give her a school-record total of 493 for the season and her average was also good for fifth in the nation in the latest NCAA rankings on October 26. The junior's hitting percentage of .364 shattered the school record and placed her third among LEC players and 27th among all Division III players. McWhorter started all 33 matches she played in and served up 43 aces to give her 0.39 per set to rank sixth in the league. She was 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 owned a hitting percentage of .200 or better in 29 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. The outside hitter spiked for 12 or more kills on 24 occasions and has served up at least one ace in 22 matches, including 13 outings with two or more. McWhorter smashed a career-best 26 kills in the LEC Championship match vs. Keene State College on November 8 and averaged 19 kills in her last six matches. She also fired a personal-best five aces at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on October 25. The 5'9' hitter's kill total is not only the most in a season at UMass Boston, but also ranks eighth on the career list and her attack percentage places her at the top on the career list. A graduate of Stockdale High School (CA) she's also been outstanding on the defensive side of the net to establish herself as one of the Little East Conference best all-around players, placing second on the team with 2.44 digs per set and 0.45 blocks per set. She got up for at least one block in 24 matches and her total of 35 block assists is the fifth-highest mark in a season for a UMB player. The junior came up with six or more digs 19 times, including a career-high of 22 at Emerson College on October 28 to contribute to 11 double-doubles of kills and digs on the season. McWhorter was also named to the Plymouth State Days of Campton Inn and Salem State College Invitational All-Tournament teams.

For her career, McWhorter has played in 252 sets over 75 matches, while spiking for 797 kills and owning a .288 hitting mark. She split time as a hitter and setter her freshman season and has compiled 300 assists, 418 digs, 58 aces and 96 total blocks for her career.

UMass Boston just completed its greatest season ever, setting a school standard for victories with a 25-9 record, and played in its first-ever Little East Conference Championship match, before falling to Keene State, 3-2 (30-28, 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 17-15) on November 8. The Beacons won a school-record 12 consecutive matches during the season and went into the title match, having won 16 of their last 17 matches.