Athens, GA - University of Georgia junior volleyball student-athlete Kathleen Gates has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District III Third Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.
Gates, a native of Wilmington, N.C., earned the academic all-district recognition for her accomplishments both on and off the court.
As the Bulldogs' setter on the court, Gates is in her second year serving as the team captain. This season, she currently has 105 kills, 996 assists and 183 digs, which places her in UGA's triple-triple club with three statistical categories in triple digit figures for the second-consecutive season. Gates and Maria Taylor (2007) are the only two Bulldogs to join that club over the past 12 seasons. On Sept. 27, Gates was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after her efforts helped the Bulldogs upset 20th-ranked Tennessee. For her career, Gates ranks sixth all-time at UGA in assists with 3,246.
Off of the court, Gates holds a 3.63 cumulative grade point average as an Exercise & Sports Science/Pre-Med major and is a member of the Dean's List who has been named to the UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll every semester. The 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete Award winner for the UGA volleyball team, Gates has been honored by the SEC academically each season as well earning 2009 SEC Fall Honor Roll and 2008-09 SEC Freshman Honor Roll recognition. This past spring, Gates was inducted into the Blue Key National Honor Society.
Additionally, Gates is a major contributor in the Athens community. A 2009 SEC Community Service Team member, Gates serves as the Director of Autism Awareness on the Board of Directors for AutismUGA. She has also participated in the SEC Together We CAN Drive, has volunteered to help at Real Saturdays and the Walk for Autism, is a member of the UGA Health Center John Fontaine, Jr., Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education Student Advisory Committee and has made hospital visits with her team and through UGAMIRACLE. Furthermore, in October, Gates and her Bulldog teammates participated in a "Dig Pink" month of fundraising for breast cancer awareness with proceeds going to the Athens Regional Breast Health Center.
Gates and the Bulldogs (11-14, 3-11 SEC) return to action Friday at the Ramsey Student Center by playing host the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators (20-1, 13-0 SEC). First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and admission is free.