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WMU volleyball senior named MAC Player of the Year

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Western Michigan volleyball senior outside hitter Rachel Bontrager earns{ } MAC Player of the Year honors. (WWMT/File)

The Mid-American Conference announced its postseason awards Wednesday with Western Michigan volleyball senior outside hitter Rachel Bontrager earning MAC Player of the Year honors.

Alongside Bontrager, freshman setter Logan Case was named MAC co-Setter & Freshman of the Year, in the announcement made March 31, 2021.

Bontrager and Case also earned First Team All-MAC honors with Case being named to the MAC All-Freshman Team. Joining Bontrager and Case was sophomore Maggie King who garnered Second Team All-MAC honors. Western Michigan led the conference with seven all-conference honors and awards.

Senior outside hitter Rachel Bontrager becomes the ninth player in school history and first since Zakiya Pope back in 2000 to earn MAC Player of the Year honors. Bontrager was also named First Team All-MAC for the third year in a row after leading the conference and ranking sixth in the NCAA with 344 kills. Bontrager’s 4.59 kills per set ranks first in the MAC and 12th in the nation.

Bontrager ended the regular season having recorded 18 straight matches with double-digit kills and had double-digit kills in 20 of the 21 matches this season. Bontrager’s .324 hitting percentage in 21 matches this season was the ninth best mark in the MAC while her nine double-doubles led the Broncos.

For her career Bontrager is the only player in school history to have over 1,600 career kills and 1,000 career digs. With 1,613 career kills Bontrager ranks second all-time in school history while her 1,032 career digs are the tenth most in program history. This season Bontrager registered a career-high 30 kills in a five-set victory over Buffalo on March 4. Bontrager became the first player since 2005 to eclipse 30 kills in a match.

Freshman Logan Case earned MAC co-Setter of the Year honors, marking the fifth Bronco in program history to do so and the first since Terin Norris back in 2012. Case was also named MAC Freshman of the Year, the 10th Bronco to earn the award and first since 2015.

Case ended the regular season leading the MAC and the NCAA with 12.16 assists per set. Case’s 12.16 assists per set is the eighth best mark in a single-season in school history. The freshman setter also led the conference and ranked second nationally with 912 total assists.