Worcester, Mass. – Senior Tori Whitney (Sunderland, Mass.) has been named captain of the 2016 edition of Clark University volleyball it was announced on Monday by head coach Mickey Cahoon.
"Tori is an exceptional person and teammate," said Cahoon. "Her integrity and the way in which she raises everyone up around her make her the perfect person to be captain this season."
Whitney, one of five seniors on this season's squad, has been a key component of the Scarlet and White's rise to one of the elite programs in the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
After serving as Rachel Spera's backup as a freshman in 2013, Whitney took over the primary setter role in 2014 and flourished, finishing fifth in the league in assists per set (7.12). Her 648 assists were the ninth-most in a single season in school history as the Cougars advanced to NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinals.
As a junior in 2016, Whitney stepped in when All-America setter Rachel Webb (Celina, Texas) was injured late in the season and was masterful, especially in a pair of thrilling five-set triumphs against Roger Williams and league rival WPI. In the win against the Hawks, Whitney doled out a career-high 48 assists to go along with 13 digs and then followed that up with a new career high, handing out 53 helpers as the Cougars secured the No. 3 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament with a 3-2 win over the crosstown Engineers.
A biology major, Whitney is a two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection, who has been on the Dean's List in five of her six semesters and spent the 2016 spring semester studying abroad in England.
Whitney and Clark, picked third in the NEWMAC preseason coaches' poll, open their 2016 season on Thursday, September 1 at home against University of New England.