MAC Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year Awards Announced

Updated 12/1/1998

Miami junior Alissia Thompson has been named the 1998 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Pepsi Player of the Year. This honor is chosen by the MAC volleyball coaches.

Thompson, a middle hitter/outside hitter, helped lead Miami to the 1998 Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship, an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and a share of the regular season title. Thompson registered 243 kills (3.80 kpg), a .314 attack percentage, 156 digs (2.44 dpg), 77 blocks (1.20 bpg) and 22 service aces in 18 MAC contests. Overall, Thompson totalled 386 kills (3.45 kpg), a .294 attack percentage, 221 digs (1.97 dpg), 114 blocks (1.02 bpg) in 32 matches. Thompson also was a first-team All-MAC honoree.

Thompson and her Miami RedHawks will travel to Hawaii for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Miami will face Nevada in the first round in Honolulu on December 5.

The 1998 season marks the third straight year that a Miami player has been chosen as the MAC Player of the Year. Jessica Stout was selected in 1997, while Lori Reinhart was picked in 1996.

MAC Player of the Year winners:

1998 Alissia Thompson, Miami

1997 Jessica Stout, Miami

1996 Lori Reinhart, Miami

1995 Carlyn Esslinger, Bowling Green

1994 Cassy Herode, Ball State

1993 Sharon Knecht, Ball State

1992 Kim Lee, Western Michigan

1991 Tammy Schiller, Bowling Green

1990 Tammy Schiller, Bowling Green

1989 Linda Popovich, Bowling Green

1988 Karen Lepley, Miami

1987 Lise Martin, Western Michigan

1986 Lise Martin, Western Michigan

1985 Sarah Powers, Western Michigan

1984 Heather Sawyer, Western Michigan & Joanne Hoskins, Central Michigan

1983 Jackie Backus, Western Michigan

1982 Heather Sawyer, Western Michigan

1981 Lisa Lentz-Kelm, Central Michigan

1980 Julie Roberts, Central Michigan

Akron's Ashlie Case has been named the 1998 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Pepsi Freshman of the Year. Case, who didn't even move into the starting rotation until the beginning of conference play, finished the year with 304 kills (3.30 kpg), placing her third on the Akron squad. She recorded 12 double-doubles, including nine in her last 12 matches. In addition, she registered 300 digs (3.26 dpg), 32 blocks and five service aces. She was one of two Akron players to record 300 kills and 300 digs.

In 18 MAC matches, Case finished with 218 kills (3.46 kpg), 216 digs (3.41 dpg) and 21 blocks. She had her best game in a 3-2 win over Western Michigan (10/2), leading the team with 23 kills, 51 attacks and a .353 attack percentage. Akron finished second in the MAC East Division and advanced to the MAC Volleyball Tournament.

MAC Freshman of the Year winners:

1998 Ashlie Case, Akron

1997 Emily Sallee, Ball State

1996 Lori Kemerer, Bowling Green

1995 Brooke Santek, Akron

1994 Jessica Stout, Miami

1993 Melissa Hansen, Western Michigan

1992 Stacey Scarbrough, Miami

1991 Nichole Putman, Miami

1990 DeSeana Williams, Toledo

1989 Kristin Wagner, Miami

1988 Jan Cottrell, Western Michigan

1987 Sherry Anderson, Eastern Michigan

1986 Linda Popovich, Bowling Green

1985 Lisa Henderson, Eastern Michigan

1984 Laurie Maierhofer, Western Michigan

Miami head coach Carolyn Condit has been named the 1998 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Qwest Coach of the Year. This honor is chosen by the MAC volleyball coaches.

Condit led Miami to the 1998 Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and a share of the regular season title. The RedHawks will face Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 5.

Condit is in her 15th season at the helm of the Miami program. She is the winningest coach in Miami history (309-174, .640) and has the most conference victories (161) of any coach in the MAC. Over the past 15 years, Condit's teams have made five NCAA appearances (including this season), played in two NIVC tournaments, and won five MAC titles. This marks the fourth time that Condit has received the award.

MAC Coach of the Year winners:

1998 Carolyn Condit, Miami

1997 Pete Waite, Northern Illinois

1996 Carolyn Condit, Miami

1995 Mike Sweitzer, Akron

1994 Randy Litchfield, Ball State

1993 Randy Litchfield, Ball State

1992 Carolyn Condit, Miami & Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1991 Randy Litchfield, Ball State

1990 Carolyn Condit, Miami

1989 Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1988 Rob Buck, Western Michigan

1987 Frank Fristensky, Eastern Michigan;

Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1986 Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1985 Rob Buck, Western Michigan

1984 Rob Buck, Western Michigan

1983 Rob Buck, Western Michigan

Miami junior Alissia Thompson has been named the 1998 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Pepsi Player of the Year. This honor is chosen by the MAC volleyball coaches.

Thompson, a middle hitter/outside hitter, helped lead Miami to the 1998 Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship, an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and a share of the regular season title. Thompson registered 243 kills (3.80 kpg), a .314 attack percentage, 156 digs (2.44 dpg), 77 blocks (1.20 bpg) and 22 service aces in 18 MAC contests. Overall, Thompson totalled 386 kills (3.45 kpg), a .294 attack percentage, 221 digs (1.97 dpg), 114 blocks (1.02 bpg) in 32 matches. Thompson also was a first-team All-MAC honoree.

Thompson and her Miami RedHawks will travel to Hawaii for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Miami will face Nevada in the first round in Honolulu on December 5.

The 1998 season marks the third straight year that a Miami player has been chosen as the MAC Player of the Year. Jessica Stout was selected in 1997, while Lori Reinhart was picked in 1996.

MAC Player of the Year winners:

1998 Alissia Thompson, Miami

1997 Jessica Stout, Miami

1996 Lori Reinhart, Miami

1995 Carlyn Esslinger, Bowling Green

1994 Cassy Herode, Ball State

1993 Sharon Knecht, Ball State

1992 Kim Lee, Western Michigan

1991 Tammy Schiller, Bowling Green

1990 Tammy Schiller, Bowling Green

1989 Linda Popovich, Bowling Green

1988 Karen Lepley, Miami

1987 Lise Martin, Western Michigan

1986 Lise Martin, Western Michigan

1985 Sarah Powers, Western Michigan

1984 Heather Sawyer, Western Michigan & Joanne Hoskins, Central Michigan

1983 Jackie Backus, Western Michigan

1982 Heather Sawyer, Western Michigan

1981 Lisa Lentz-Kelm, Central Michigan

1980 Julie Roberts, Central Michigan

Akron's Ashlie Case has been named the 1998 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Pepsi Freshman of the Year. Case, who didn't even move into the starting rotation until the beginning of conference play, finished the year with 304 kills (3.30 kpg), placing her third on the Akron squad. She recorded 12 double-doubles, including nine in her last 12 matches. In addition, she registered 300 digs (3.26 dpg), 32 blocks and five service aces. She was one of two Akron players to record 300 kills and 300 digs.

In 18 MAC matches, Case finished with 218 kills (3.46 kpg), 216 digs (3.41 dpg) and 21 blocks. She had her best game in a 3-2 win over Western Michigan (10/2), leading the team with 23 kills, 51 attacks and a .353 attack percentage. Akron finished second in the MAC East Division and advanced to the MAC Volleyball Tournament.

MAC Freshman of the Year winners:

1998 Ashlie Case, Akron

1997 Emily Sallee, Ball State

1996 Lori Kemerer, Bowling Green

1995 Brooke Santek, Akron

1994 Jessica Stout, Miami

1993 Melissa Hansen, Western Michigan

1992 Stacey Scarbrough, Miami

1991 Nichole Putman, Miami

1990 DeSeana Williams, Toledo

1989 Kristin Wagner, Miami

1988 Jan Cottrell, Western Michigan

1987 Sherry Anderson, Eastern Michigan

1986 Linda Popovich, Bowling Green

1985 Lisa Henderson, Eastern Michigan

1984 Laurie Maierhofer, Western Michigan

Miami head coach Carolyn Condit has been named the 1998 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Qwest Coach of the Year. This honor is chosen by the MAC volleyball coaches.

Condit led Miami to the 1998 Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, and a share of the regular season title. The RedHawks will face Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 5.

Condit is in her 15th season at the helm of the Miami program. She is the winningest coach in Miami history (309-174, .640) and has the most conference victories (161) of any coach in the MAC. Over the past 15 years, Condit's teams have made five NCAA appearances (including this season), played in two NIVC tournaments, and won five MAC titles. This marks the fourth time that Condit has received the award.

MAC Coach of the Year winners:

1998 Carolyn Condit, Miami

1997 Pete Waite, Northern Illinois

1996 Carolyn Condit, Miami

1995 Mike Sweitzer, Akron

1994 Randy Litchfield, Ball State

1993 Randy Litchfield, Ball State

1992 Carolyn Condit, Miami & Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1991 Randy Litchfield, Ball State

1990 Carolyn Condit, Miami

1989 Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1988 Rob Buck, Western Michigan

1987 Frank Fristensky, Eastern Michigan;

Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1986 Denise Van De Walle, Bowling Green

1985 Rob Buck, Western Michigan

1984 Rob Buck, Western Michigan

1983 Rob Buck, Western Michigan