Nov. 15, 2007
TOLEDO, Ohio - Five Miami players earned Mid-American Conference awards and head coach Carolyn Condit was named MAC Volleyball Coach of the Year at the MAC Volleyball Banquet on Thursday evening. Miami, Ohio and Bowling Green each had five players selected to an all-MAC team.
Senior middle hitter Carli Reihman and sophomore middle hitter Megan Griffin earned first-team all-MAC accolades, marking the first time since 1997 that two Miami players were selected first-team all-MAC (Lauren Hirsch and Jessica Stout).
Reihman becomes just the second player in Miami history to garner four all-MAC honors. Reihman was an honorable mention selection in 2004 and 2005, a second-team all-MAC selection in 2006, before earning first-team honors this season. The only other Miami player to earn four all-MAC selections was Kristen Wagner (1989-1992). Reihman averaged 2.90 kpg, 2.48 dpg, 0.84 bpg, 0.55 service aces per game and hit .312 during conference action.
Griffin becomes just the fourth sophomore in Miami history to receive first-team all-MAC honors, joining Renee DeGraff (1981), Lori Reinart (1994) and fellow teammate Emily Schroeder (2006). During MAC play, Griffin performed at a high level, averaging 3.07 kpg, while hitting at a .287 clip.
Junior outside hitter Emily Schroeder and sophomore setter Andrea Atteberry were named second-team all-MAC selections. After an abdominal injury sidelined her from Sept. 28 to Oct. 24, Schroeder returned and collected double-digit kills in Miami's final six conference matches. In just eight conference games, Schroeder averaged 3.15 kpg and 1.94 dpg. This is the second all-conference honor for Schroeder as she was named first-team all-MAC last season.
Atteberry was the catalyst of the Miami offensive attack this season. In conference games only, Miami ranked second in hitting percentage, third in assists and fourth in kills due to Atteberry's decision making. She averaged 12.05 apg in conference play, while also digging 2.79 balls per game, ranking second behind Miami's libero, Melissa Zenz.
Freshman middle hitter Michele Metzler picked her game up when the RedHawks began MAC play and it resulted in being named MAC Freshman of the Year, along with being named to the MAC all-freshman team. Metzler becomes the fifth RedHawk player to earn MAC Freshman of the Year and the first since Jessica Stout in 1994. In MAC-only action, Metzler averaged 2.28 kpg, hit .296 and led Miami in blocking averaging 1.07 bpg.
After leading Miami to a 13-3 Mid-American Conference record, head coach Carolyn Condit was named 2007 MAC Coach of the Year. It is the fifth time Condit has been named MAC Coach of the Year and the first time since 1998. Miami's 13-3 mark is the best conference record for a Miami team since the 1998 squad went 15-3.
Miami's 13-3 conference record earned it a No. 3 seed in the MAC Tournament and the RedHawks will face off against No. 6 Central Michigan at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. Miami holds a 3-0 record against Central Michigan in the MAC Tournament and should the RedHawks defeat the Chippewas, Miami would face the winner of the Western Michigan/Eastern Michigan game at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.