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Four Broncos make All-MAC softball teams

May 8, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's softball team is enjoying its best season in six years and as one sign of that, the program placed four players on the All-Mid-American Conference teams announced Wednesday night (May 7) at a postseason banquet in Akron, Ohio.

Juniors Jaymie Voss, outfield, and Laura Stewart, pitcher, were named to the all-conference first team, while seniors Angie Fiero, an at-large selection, and Gina Dobbs, designated player, earned spots on the second team. Players were selected to the teams in a voting by the league's 13 head coaches.

Voss was named to the All-MAC First Team after hitting .360 in 48 games in her first season with the Broncos, leading the squad in batting average and RBIs, with 26. In her previous two seasons at Oakland University, Voss also garnered all-league accolades and was named the newcomer of the year for 2001.

Stewart came out of no where in 2003 to establish herself as one of the MAC's top pitchers. A two-time MAC West Divison Pitcher of the Week honoree, she posted a 10-3 overall record this season en route to first-team recognition. She was 10-1 in league play and owns an earned run average of 1.00.

Fiero is one of only three players on the roster to start all 49 games and earned All-MAC Second Team honors for the second-straight campaign. She leads the team with 53 hits and a .503 hitting percentage and also leads the team in number of doubles and triples. The Rives Junction, Mich., native was selected to an at-large position in 2003 after claiming the shortstop spot as a junior.

Dobbs enjoyed a breakthough campaign as a senior, posting career numbers in every category. She was named to the second team as a designated player after hitting .291 in the regular season, including a school-record seven home runs. Dobbs also led the Broncos with 20 walks.

WMU compiled an overall regular season record of 27-22 and was 17-7 in the conference. The Broncos claimed their first MAC West Division title since the conference went to a two-division format in 1998, and they are competing today through Saturday (May 8-10) in the conference championship series at Akron.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall, 269 387-4138, scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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