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West Florida’s Torre earns All-GSC First Team honors

Kathryn Torre
Kathryn Torre

University of West Florida senior volleyball middle blocker Kathryn Torre, a 2012 graduate of Highland High School, was named to the 2016 All-Gulf South Conference First Team.

Torre, who became one of 14 UWF players ever to earn All-GSC honors twice, is second in the conference with a .358 hitting percentage. She has recorded seven matches with 15 kills or more, and nine matches with a hitting percentage of .500 or better. Should Torre keep up her current pace, her hitting percentage would be the second highest single-season mark in school history, while her career attack percentage of .344 is set to shatter the program’s career record, which currently stands at .316. The senior is also seventh in the GSC with 0.94 blocks per set and second with 117 total blocks. Her 236 career blocks currently stands as the 10th most in program history. Torre also ranks second on the Argos with 306 kills and leads the team with an eye-popping .360 hitting percentage.

The Argonauts, who finished 17-3 in the GSC, utilized a .447 attack percentage to clinch its seventh-ever Gulf South Conference Regular Season Championship after sweeping the Alabama Huntsville Chargers on the road on Sunday.

Torre chipped in 12 kills and converted at a strong .524 hitting clip in the key victory.

West Florida went on to take second in the GSC Tournament last weekend. In a 3-0 sweep of Christian Brothers University, Torre recorded nine kills with an attack percentage of .500 to go with three blocks. In a five-set loss to North Alabama in the championship, Torre had seven kills and seven blocks.

Argos earn fourth seed for NCAA South Regional

Torre and her West Florida teammates earned the No. 4 seed for the NCAA South Regional to be held in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Fresh off dropping a five-set match to the North Alabama Lions in the GSC Tournament championship, the Torre and the Argos will get another crack at the No. 5-seeded Lions in the south regional tournament’s first round.

UWF will take on North Alabama in the tournament’s opening round on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m., just 11 days after facing the Lions in the 2016 GSC Championship match.

Palm Beach Atlantic will serve as the No. 1 and tournament host. It is the second consecutive season the Sailfish have hosted the South Regional. Matches will be played at Rubin Arena, a 2,000 seat arena located on PBA’s campus.

West Florida will compete in its 11th consecutive regional, good for the ninth longest active streak in NCAA Division II. UWF is 8-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, and the No. 4 seed for West Florida is the highest for the program since earning a No. 2 seed heading into the 2012 tournament.

West Florida and North Alabama are the lone GSC schools appearing in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The last time UWF has opened the South Regional with a conference opponent in the regional was against Christian Brothers in 2012. UWF topped CBU in the 2012 GSC Championship, but later fell to the Bucs in the regional contest in four sets.

UWF last played North Alabama in the NCAA Tournament in 2010, and the Argonauts topped the Lions in four sets before eventually falling in the 2010 NCAA South Regional Championship match against Tampa.

The rest of the tournament field consists of Saint Leo, Tampa, Lynn, Florida Southern and Kentucky State who are the No. 2, No. 3, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 seeds, respectively.

For information on all UWF athletics, visit GoArgos.com.