Nov. 14, 2009

BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston will serve as host of the 2009 Division III New England Women's Volleyball Association Senior Classic on Sunday, November 15 at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston.

The Senior Classic will feature 33 players from 21 institutions from NCAA Division III volleyball programs in New England and six different conferences. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) leads the way with 14 student athletes followed by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Little East Conference with six apiece, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) has four, the University Athletic Association (UAA) has two, and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) has one. Fourteen additional institutions are represented with Honorable Mention selections. Players were selected by a vote of all participating member head coaches following the nomination process.

There will be a skills competition at 10:30 a.m., which will be followed by a match starting at approximately 1:00 p.m.

UMass Boston senior outside hitters Kate White (Plymouth, MA) and Kate McWhorter (Bakersfield, CA) were both chosen to play in the Senior Classic. White is the Beacons' career leader in matches played (127), sets played (435) and kills (1,191), while McWhorter ranks second at UMass Boston with 978 kills in just two seasons and is the program's career leader in hitting percentage with a .374 mark. The outside hitter has 1,282 career kills, including 304 at Division I California State University Bakersfield. White and McWhorter have both been highly decorated players during their careers with the Beacons. White was selected the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year in 2006 and named to the LEC All-Star First Team in 2006 and the Second Team in 2007. McWhorter earned LEC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team honors in both of her seasons at UMass Boston as well as a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association New England All-Region team in both 2008 and 2009.

The Beacons finished their best season ever with a 30-5 record and were ranked second in the NCAA Division III New England Region Poll. They won their first-ever Little East Conference Championship and earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in school history. UMass Boston defeated Westfield State College in the NCAA Tournament First Round, 3-1, but fell to Williams College in the Second Round, 3-1.