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#7 Kate Whitmire
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6'1"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
High School: T.C. Williams
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As a freshman:

  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • Appeared in 20 matches, starting five of them, and 62 sets for the Dukes
  • Third on the team with 123 kills, averaging 1.98 kills on .109 hitting, adding 43 digs, 28 blocks and two assists
  • Had a season-best 15 kills in a match at Charleston
  • Had a season-high seven digs in a win over Delaware
  • Had a season-high six blocks in a win over Towson

Before JMU:

  • Finalist for the Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year
  • Collected 549 kills as a senior (the second-most in VHSL history)
  • Also collected the fourth-highest total in VHSL history for kills in a match (39), and the seventh-most kills in a career (1,139).
  • Patriot District Player of the Year and First Team All-Northern Region selection
  • As a junior was the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club City Player of the Year and a PrepVolleyball.com Soph 79 Honorable Mention
  • Four-time All-District selection, including three First Team honors
  • Played club ball with the Virginia Elite


  • Daughter of Jerry and Kathy Whitmire
  • Brother Jay plays football at the University of Virginia
  • Mother, Kathy, played basketball at Colby Sawyer
  • Earned title of “Premiere” level Scottish Dancer
  • Active in volunteer work
2013 62-20 123 1.98 72 469 .109 2 0.03 0 0.00 0
TOTAL 62-20 123 1.98 72 469 .109 2 0.03 0 0.00 0
2013 43 0.69 1 1 27 28 0.45 3 1 137.5 2.21
TOTAL 43 0.69 1 1 27 28 0.45 3 1 137.5 2.21

What do you love most about JMU?
What I love most about JMU is there food and the people.

What is your major/minor?
My major as of right now is business marketing.

What is your favorite …
Food: Milk
Movie: Frozen & Remember the Titans
TV Show: Real Housewives (bravo)
Song: Remember the Name
Athlete: Jay Whitmire
Holiday: Christmas

What are your favorite hobbies away from volleyball?
My favorite hobby is window-shopping. 

What is your favorite memory of JMU volleyball?
My favorite memory from this past season was when we were playing Hofstra at home and I dove for the ball and no one thought I would get it, I didn't even think I would, then I got it up. I remember Brett yelling at my saying “get up, get up, get up” then we won the point.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I asked the boys basketball coach at my high school if I could lift and do jump training with the boys, he said of course, so I did every workout the boys did even though they all could jump higher than me and lift more then me.  I remember getting frustrated and the head coach came up to me and said, “Don’t let all your hard work go to waste by not believing” –Coach King.

What is one thing everyone at JMU should do before graduating?
One thing everyone at JMU should do before graduating is climb the rock wall at UREC.

What is your dream vacation location?
My dream vacation location would be Bora Bora.

If not volleyball, what other sport would you want to play at JMU?
If I didn't play volleyball I would want to be a cheerleader.

If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be?
If I could have dinner with any three people they would be Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Coco Chanel (if she were still alive).