Two volleyball Broncos earn all-conference honors
Nov. 27, 2001
KALAMAZOO -- WMU volleyball standouts Zakiya Pope and Ashley
Ritter were selected to the
Ritter is a junior setter from St. Charles, Ill., and was also chosen for the All-MAC Second Team in 2000. Pope, a senior middle blocker from East Lansing, Mich., was a first-team pick last season and was also the league's 2000 season and tournament most-valuable player.
WMU finished the regular season with consecutive wins over Ball State and Northern Illinois, the top two teams in the conference, for a 10-8 MAC record and a berth in the eight-team MAC Tournament. In the tournament's first round, the Broncos dropped a tought 3-2 decision at Bowling Green. WMU finished with an overall season record of 15-11.
The all-league teams were announced by the Mid-American Conference on Nov. 21. Ball State and Northern Illinois each had four players placed on all-league teams. Bowling Green, Miami and Western Michigan each had two players selected. The remaining four all-conference choices went to standouts from Akron, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Toledo.
Ball State will return only one of its four all-conference players next season, junior Katie Butts. BSU loses to graduation outside hitter Megan Hammons and middle blockers Susie Meshberger and Julie Zylka, each of whom has won multiple all-league honors. Northern Illinois will return all four of its all-conference players, including sophomore setter Jenny Bowman, who was also selected as the MVP of this year's tournament. In her first season, Bowman was an honorable mention team member and was named MAC freshman of the year.
All-MAC First Team
All-MAC Second Team
All-MAC Honorable Mention Team
In other MAC volleyball news, Northern Illinois defeated Ball State, 3-0, on Saturday, Nov. 24, to win the 2001 MAC Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Northern Illinois will face No. 16 ranked Northern Iowa in the tournament's first round.
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