CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference has announced the 2007 volleyball award winners and Western Michigan had four players honored after winning the MAC West.
The Broncos' (21-9, 12-4 MAC) haul was highlighted by sophomore libero Caitlin Strimel (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) being the first WMU volleyball player ever named MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Strimel, who was also named Second Team All-MAC, is ranked first in the MAC in digs per game in conference games (6.07) and second in the conference and 23rd nationally in overall digs (5.78). This season, Strimel, a 2006 MAC All-Freshman Team honoree, moved into second place all-time at WMU with 1,295 digs and is second in a single season with 595 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Michelle Moore (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) was named First Team All-MAC after being one of the top offensive players in the league. Moore leads the MAC in kills per game (5.10) during conference play and is second in all matches and 30th nationally (4.75). Her 494 kills this season are the most in the MAC and fifth most in a single season in WMU history.
Junior middle blocker Ashley Vogl (Corunna, Mich./Corunna) was named Second Team All-MAC for the second consecutive season after leading WMU and being ranked eighth in the conference with a .286 attack percentage. Vogl is second on the team with 339 kills (3.32) and third in blocks with 81 (0.79).
Freshman outside hitter Allyson Doyle (Battle Creek, Mich./St Philip Catholic Central) was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team. She is second on the team with 341 digs and 84 total blocks and fourth with 263 kills. With her all-around game, Doyle is tied for the team lead with 10 kills-digs double-doubles.
The Broncos kick off the Mid-American Conference Tournament as the No. 2 seed against No. 7 seed Eastern Michigan on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the SeaGate Centre in Toledo, Ohio.