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College Volleyball: West Florida’s Torre named GSC Defensive Player of the Week

University of West Florida volleyball redshirt junior Kathryn Torre has been named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
University of West Florida volleyball redshirt junior Kathryn Torre has been named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Photo courtesy of West Florida athletics

University of West Florida volleyball redshirt junior Kathryn Torre, a middle blocker, has been named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week after leading No. 18 West Florida Argonauts to a 3-0 record against conference opponents last week. This is the first career weekly conference honor for Torre.

Torre, a 2012 graduate of Highland High School, had five blocks to help West Florida in the 3-1 win over Valdosta State University of last week. The junior had four blocks in the 3-0 win over the University of Alabama Huntsville on Friday before tallying an impressive six blocks in a huge road win over North Alabama on Saturday. Torre averaged 1.50 blocks per set and tallied 15 blocks in three GSC wins for UWF this week.

Torre currently leads the GSC in blocks per set (1.08) and ranks seventh in the conference in attacking percentage (.304).

With the Highland native’s help, the Argonauts (17-2) have won 13 consecutive matches dating back to Sept. 12 to equal the school-record streak, which was first set in 2003 and accomplished again in 2014.

West Florida has only dropped two sets during that streak (39-2) and will have a shot at breaking the program record for consecutive wins in a season this weekend. West Florida’s current winning streak ranks fifth in NCAA Division II.

The Argonauts will compete at the 2015 South Region Crossover Friday and Saturday on the campus of the University of West Georgia. The crossover will feature 22 teams from the Gulf South Conference and Sunshine State Conference and will feature a pair of provisional members to the SSC.

West Florida will face No. 14 Florida Southern on Friday at 1:30 p.m. central time before facing No. 17 Palm Beach Atlantic at 6 p.m. West Florida will then face Barry on Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

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