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Volleyball Broncos in MAC tourney final

Nov. 22, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio--Western Michigan University's volleyball team defeated Bowling Green, 3-1, in a Mid-American Conference Tournament semi-final match played today and will meet Ohio University at 3 p.m. Sunday at the SeaGate Center in Toledo for the tournament championship. The winner gains an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

After dropping the first set, 22-25, WMU defeated Bowling Green, 25-20, 25-16, 25-21, for the win. Junior Katie Eberling led WMU with her 44th career double-double as she tallied a team-high 16 kills, 12 digs and four blocks and hit .500. First Team All-MAC outside hitter Michelle Moore moved into third all-time in kills (1,388) at WMU with 13 kills, six digs and four blocks. Sophomore Kate Corbett hit .450 and tied her career high with 11 kills and her career high with seven block assists as WMU notched 13.5 blocks against Bowling Green.

Sophomore Allyson Doyle picked up 20 digs to tie for the match-high, in addition to seven kills and four blocks. Second Team All-MAC middle blocker Jaime Gotham hit .471 with nine kills and six blocks, while MAC Setter of the Year Jillian Mitchell had a match-high 55 assists. MAC Defensive Player of the Year Caitlin Strimel finished with 14 digs and two fourth-set service aces to move into 10th at WMU with 114 career aces.

No. 1-seeded WMU swept Toledo, 3-0, in a quarter-final match Friday. Ohio, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the tournament final in similar fashion, defeating Ball State, 3-0, Friday and rallying to win, 3-1, over Miami, after dropping the first set in its semi-final contest.

The Broncos improved to 25-4 for the season and are in the championship game for the first time since 2000, when they won the tournament. WMU has already won the MAC regular season championship with a league-best 14-2 record.

Visit mac-sports.com for more information and live game stats. Tickets for the championship match are $11 and $7 for students and can be purchased at the SeaGate Center.

Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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