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Cara Howley
Cara  Howley

RS Sophomore

McKinney, Texas

High School:
McKinney Boyd





Gamecocks Lead Way with 74 Student-Athletes on SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll


Looking Back at the 2012 Volleyball Season


Gamecocks Outlast Arkansas in Five Sets to Close 2012

Christina Glover and Taylor Bruns lead the way on Senior Day


Gamecocks Fall in Three at No. 16 Florida

Thévenin with 14 kills, Howley posts 11 with a season high-matching .526 hitting percentage


Behind Thévenin's 27 Kills, Gamecocks Take Thriller at Alabama in Five Sets

Junior sets personal bests in kills, attempts, blocks and solo blocks in the outing


Volleyball vs. Arkansas 11/23/12

Shots from the Gamecocks' five-set win to end the 2012 season


Volleyball vs. Miss. State 11/9/2012

Shots from the Gamecocks' sweep of Mississippi State on Nov. 9, 2012


VB vs. Texas A&M

Photos of the Oct. 28 volleyball match between South Carolina and Texas A&M


Volleyball vs. Auburn 10/26/2012

Shots from the Oct. 26, 2012, volleyball match between South Carolina and Auburn.


Volleyball Dig Pink Match vs. Alabama 10/12/2012

Images from the Gamecocks' sixth-annual breast-cancer awareness match on Oct. 12, 2012

Howley's 2010 Match-by-Match Statistics
Howley's 2011 Match-by-Match Statistics
Howley's 2012 Match-by-Match Statistics

  • 2012 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2011 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2010-11 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2012 (REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE): Played in all 32 matches, starting 31 ... Led the team with a .294 hitting percentage while ranking second in blocks (0.67) and third in kills (2.19) ... Also topped the team and stood eighth in the Southeastern Conference with 0.25 aces per set ... Her hitting percentage stood 11th in the league ... Earned MVP accolades from the Gamecock Invitational, posting 13 blocks and hitting .397 in the tourney ... Had 12 kills and four block assists in the win over East Tennessee State (8/25) ... Landed three aces against West Virginia (9/1) ... Hit .526 with 11 kills versus Niagara (9/2) ... Made the Carolina Clash All-Tournament Team after hitting over .400 and tallying nine block assists in the event ... Had a career-best 17 kills on a .429 hitting percentage against UAB (9/8) ... In the win over LSU (9/16), posted 11 kills and season highs in digs (8) and blocks (5) ... Hit .400 with 12 kills against No. 12 Florida (9/28), also leading the Gamecocks in points with two aces, one solo block and two block assists ... Compiled a career-best five aces at Mississippi State (10/19) ... Tied her career high with five block assists in the win at Alabama (11/16) ... Posted 11 kills on a .526 percentage at No. 16 Florida (11/18) ... Tallied a career-best .571 hitting percentage on 15 kills in the season-ending win over Arkansas (11/23) ... Garnered recognition on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2011 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Started 18 matches and played in 29 ... Saw time in the middle earlier on before settling in at an outside hitting spot ... Posted double-digit kills in five matches, leading the team in three ... Stood third on the team with 2.11 kills per set ... Landed 15 aces and posted 0.39 blocks per set, both third on the squad...Her best match came in the win over Georgia (11/20), where she tallied a career-best 16.5 points on a season-high 14 kills and six digs ... Also had six digs and a season-high four block assists in the win over Auburn (11/18) ... Landed a career-high three aces at LSU (11/13) ... Hit a season-best .524 with 12 kills and added two aces and four block assists in the win at Mississippi (10/16) ... Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2010 (FRESHMAN): Played in 10 matches, starting seven, before a knee injury cut short her season ... Received a medical redshirt for the season ... When she went down, she ranked third on the team in kills and hitting percentage ... Twice posted 15 kills during the Carolina Challenge ... Tallied 10 digs to go with 15 kills in the five-set contest against College of Charleston (9/4) ... Followed that with a career-best five blocks and 15 kills against Winthrop (9/4) ... Had nine kills on a .667 hitting percentage in the win over South Carolina State (9/10) ... Had two kills in her SEC debut before going down with the knee injury at No. 18 Tennessee (9/17) ... Earned placement on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Played three years at McKinney Boyd High School for coaches Courtney Robertson, Patti Hayes and Kelly Quinn ... Served as team captain as a senior while claiming the District 8-5A MVP award ... Named the district's best blocker as a junior ... Earned district newcomer of the year ... Named to the Tyler All-Tournament Team twice and the Pearland All-Tournament Team once ... Also set the school's high jump record ... Played club with the Skyline Roshambo club, coached by Tony Kille ... The team was ranked first in the region and second in Texas in 2009 ... Helped her group finish ninth in the open division during the 2009 junior Olympics ... Led the team in blocks in 2009 ... .A member of the National Honor Society ... Named Student of the Month for the city of McKinney for Dec. 2009.

Personal: The daughter of Mike and Christy, her full name is Cara Lynn Howley ... Has one brother, Alex ... Chose South Carolina over LSU, Rice and Denver ... Says Mia Hamm is her favorite athlete and John Mayer is her favorite singer ... Says her greatest athletic thrill was winning district MVP and signing NLI in the same week ... Majoring in international business.


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