1  Kate Willard
Kate Willard

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Chicago Heights, IL

High School:
Marian Catholic HS

Height:
5-7

Position:
DS


Notes: With 699 digs, enters her senior season ranked 23rd on WCU's all-time career digs chart, just 46 shy of cracking the top 20 ... If she has the type of season she did a year ago - recording a WCU single-season record 497 digs - she could finish inside Western's all-time top 10 ... Enters her final season in Cullowhee already ranked ninth on the career assists chart with 537 career helpers, but will need nearly 1,300 assists to move up any further on the list ... Is one of four seniors on the Catamount roster, one of three that have played all four years in Cullowhee ... Is also one of three players that hail from the state of Illinois.

2005: Was one of four players to appear in each of Western's 34 matches, playing in a career-high 124 games, the second-most on the team ... Led the squad with a WCU single-season record 497 digs, averaging just over four per game which ranks as the second-best season average and ranked fifth in the Southern Conference ... Playing primarily as the libero and occasionally as the setter, ranked second on the team with 125 assists ... Dealt out 27 service aces, fourth on the squad, including a career-high five in a home loss to Davidson (9/24/05) ... Tallied a pair of double-doubles, finishing with 12 assists and 11 digs at home versus Gardner-Webb (9/6/05) and at Chattanooga (10/18/05) with 19 digs and 11 assists ... Recorded 20+ digs on nine separate occasions including joining the 30-dig club with a career-high in a home win over Furman (10/4/05) and tallying 29 twice at Wofford (9/13/05) and in the SoCon tournament loss to second-seeded Appalachian State (11/18/05) ... Had five double-digit assists performances.

2004: Appeared in 83 games over 23 of Western's 28 seasonal matches as a sophomore ... Ranked second on the team in assists, dishing out 381 (4.59 assists per game) ... Finished fifth on the team in digs with 144 (1.73 digs per game) ... Recorded a career-high 16 digs versus The Citadel (9/3/04) in the season-opening tournament in Clemson, S.C. ... Also tallied double-digit dig performances at Campbell with 11 (9/11/04), 12 digs at home versus both The Citadel (10/12/04) and Furman (10/15/04), and finishing with 13 on the road at mountain-rival, UNC Asheville (10/19/04) ... Dished out a career-high 29 assists in the 3-1 loss at Georgia Southern (10/22/04) ... Including her two-year career-best, recorded 20-or-more assists on five occasions ... Passed out 26 helpers in the tournament win over Campbell (9/11/05) ... Tallied 25 assists in the 3-1 home victory over conference rival, Chattanooga (10/28/04) ... Recorded two, 24-assist matches during the season; vs. The Citadel (9/3/04) and vs. East Tennessee State (10/26/04).

2003: Played in 43 games for the Catamounts, appearing in 20 of Western's 33 matches ... Had an excellent match in Western's shutout of Savannah State (9/6/03), recording three kills on four attempts with no errors, a season-high and match-leading 26 assists, one ace, three digs and one block ... Tallied a season-high nine digs at Chattanooga (10/30/03), adding two assists in the match.

High School: Played for Marian Catholic HS in Chicago Heights ... Recorded 31 kills, 33 blocks, 92 aces, and 962 assists during her senior year ... She ran the squad's offense during her senior year ... She additionally played for the Chicago Blast Junior Olympic club team ... Played for her school's basketball team as a guard/forward ... In the classroom, was an Honor Roll student.

Personal: Full name is Kathryn Lucille Willard ... Daughter of Edward and Patricia Willard ... Is majoring in Sport Management.

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