MAC Announces Volleyball Regular Season Award Winners

Updated 11/21/2013


GENEVA, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced Thursday, on the eve of the 2013 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championship, the All-MAC first and second team, along with the individual awards for Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Setter of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by the twelve head coaches of the Mid-American Conference.
For the second consecutive year an Ohio Bobcat has been named the 2013 MAC Player of the Year.  Ohio’s Abby Gilleland received double honors as the Ohio setter was named the Player of the Year and the Setter of the Year.  It marks the first time in MAC Volleyball history that an individual has received both individual honors.  She also becomes only the second player in league history to receive two individual honors in the same season, joining Northern Illinois’ Lauren Wicinski who was named MAC Player or the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2010.  Gilleland led the Bobcats to a 14-2 MAC record and the eighth regular season title in program history, along with a 24-4 overall record.  Individually, Gilleland ranked third in MAC play with a .347 hitting percentage and was third in the league with 680 assists.  The award marks the ninth time a Bobcat has received the Player of the Year honors and the first time someone from OU has received the Setter of the Year.    
Western Michigan’s Ave Stout was voted the 2013 MAC Freshman of the Year, as the only freshman who earned first-team honors.  Stout helped the Broncos to a 9-7 MAC record and the number six seed in the 2013 MAC Championship.  Stout ranked eighth in the conference in hitting percentage at .322 and finished third on the Broncos with 161 kills during MAC play.  Stout also led the Broncos with 50 total blocks for WMU during the 16-game league season.  Stout’s award is the seventh Freshman of the Year award earned by a Bronco and second consecutive after Stephanee Yancy received co-honors on 2012.
For the first time in program history a Buffalo Bull has received a MAC regular season honor as Kelly Svoboda was named the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.  In addition, Svoboda is one of the first Bulls in program history to earn All-MAC First Team honors.  The Bulls’ libero was led the MAC with 383 digs in league play while ranking second in the league with 5.72 digs per set.  Svoboda was a four-time Defensive Player of the Week in 2013 and had the Bulls on the cusp of a championship berth on the final day of the regular season.  
The All-MAC First Team consisted of 18 members from eight of the 12 MAC institutions.  MAC regular season champions Ohio placed four on the first team as Karin Bull, Alexis Pinson and 2012 Player of the Year Kelly Lamberti join the aforementioned Abby Gilleland.  Ball State and Toledo each landed three individuals on the first team, as Hayley Benson, Alex Fuelling and Mindy Marx represent the Cardinals, and Dakota Harkins, Adria Pryor and Lauren Rafdal represent the Rockets.  Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan each placed two on the First Team as Tahlia Bishop joins Svoboda on the first team, Northern Illinois’ Sarah Angelos and Mackenzie Roddy and Western Michigan’s Lexie Pawlik joins Freshman of the Year Ave Stout.  For the Bulls, the first team honors for Svoboda and Bishop represent the first two players in program history to receive the recognition.  Bowling Green’s Lindsey Butterfield and Central Michigan’s Kaitlyn McIntyre round out the First Team this season.  
The All-MAC Second Team consists of Ball State’s Catie Fredrich and Jacqui Seidel, Bowling Green’s Kaitlyn Skinner, Eastern Michigan’s Corynne Smith, Toledo’s Brooke Frazer and 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Lena Oliver.  
The 2013 All-Freshman team is made up of Bowling Green’s Jelena Sunjic, Northern Illinois Mary Grace Kelly and Jenna Radtke, Ohio’s Katie Horton, Toledo’s Ellen Hays and Freshman of the Year Ave Stout.  
The 2013 MAC Volleyball season reaches its climax as the 2013 MAC Volleyball Championship begins Friday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.  Ticket information and complete tournament details can be found on the Volleyball Championship page at
All-MAC First Team
Hayley Benson, Ball State, M
Alex Fuelling, Ball State, OH
Mindy Marx, Ball State, M
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green, LS
Tahlia Bishop, Buffalo, OH
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, L
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan, OH
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois, MB
Mackenzie Roddy, Northern Illinois, OH
Karin Bull, Ohio, MB
Abby Gilleland, Ohio, S
Kelly Lamberti, Ohio, OH
Alexis Pinson, Ohio, MB
Dakota Harkins, Toledo, M
Adria Pryor, Toledo, S
Lauren Rafdal, Toledo, OH
Lexie Pawlik, Western Michigan, S
Ave Stout, Western Michigan, MB
All-MAC Second Team 
Catie Fredrich, Ball State, L
Jacqui Seidel, Ball State, S
Kaitlyn Skinner, Bowling Green, M
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan, L
Brooke Frazer, Toledo, M
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, L
All-Freshman Team 
Jelena Sunjic, Bowling Green, LS/RS
Mary Grace Kelly, Northern Illinois, OH
Jenna Radtke, Northern Illinois, MB
Katie Horton, Ohio, OH
Ellen Hays, Toledo, L
Ave Stout, Western Michigan, MB
2013 MAC Player of the Year 
Abby Gilleland, Ohio, S
2013 MAC Freshman of the Year
Ave Stout, Western Michigan, MB
2013 Setter of the Year
Abby Gilleland, Ohio, S
2013 Defensive Player of the Year
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, L