Volleyball Broncos gain conference honors
Dec. 3, 2002
KALAMAZOO -- A pair of Western Michigan University volleyball players picked up some honors from the Mid-American Conference Nov. 27.
Senior middle blocker Angie Sillmon of Plymouth, Mich., earned All-MAC Honorable Mention honors while rookie Shaylen Jackson of Kalamazoo was honored as one of the top newcomers in the conference.
Sillmon's award caps off an impressive final season. She was MAC West Division Player of the Week Nov. 25 and shared that honor Oct. 7. Sillmon was second on the team in kills (316) while leading Western Michigan in hitting percentage (.268), block assists (123) and total blocks (144). She became the ninth player in program history to total 300 or more blocks and finished her career fifth in career blocks (369) and fourth in block assists (324). Her 1.09 career blocks-per-game average is the fourth best in WMU volleyball history.
Sillmon established career bests in kills, kills per game, hitting percentage, aces, block solos, block assists, and total blocks in 2002. She was listed among the MAC leaders in hitting percentage and blocks and was named to the all-tournament team at the Radisson Invitational.
Jackson showed the potential to finish among Western Michigan's all-time greats at middle blocker with a strong debut season. She is the first WMU newcomer named to the MAC All-Freshman Team since Monyka Paul earned a spot on the 1997 roster.
Jackson finished her first collegiate campaign fourth on the team in kills with 218. Her 129 total blocks were second only to Sillmon. She hit .253 in her first year and was the lone Bronco rookie to play in every game during the 2002 season. Jackson led WMU in blocks in 11 matches.
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