Western Michigan University
- Outside Hitter
- Speech Pathology and Audiology
Allyson Doyle enters her senior season at Western Michigan having never received a grade lower than an A to sport a 4.0 GPA majoring in speech pathology and audiology. A two-time Academic All-MAC honoree, Doyle was an ESPN the Magazine First Team Academic All-District selection as a junior. Doyle is looking to finish her degree and immediately begin work on her master’s in speech-language pathology right away with the end goal to work with children, possibly as a school speech teacher.
Doyle is entering her second year as team captain and is the only senior on the roster, in charge of helping mentor a team that features 8-of-11 players as underclassmen. Doyle is also the only returning outside hitter as the other three players at that position are true freshman. Doyle was named as a co-captain as a junior, even with four senior starters and two returning senior captains. Doyle has embraced the increased leadership responsibility, both on and off the court. She has earned the WMU Volleyball Leadership Award in both 2008 and 2009.
Doyle is frequently in the front of the Broncos volleyball program’s efforts in the Kalamazoo community and earned WMU’s Gayl Werme Excellence in Community Service Award last season. Doyle has been a volunteer for the Girls on the Run 5K and at the Special Days Camp for children with cancer and their siblings. She’s also worked with the Kalamazoo Deacon’s Conference, which is a Christian ministry that helps those in need in the Kalamazoo area. She helps organize trips to Bronson Children’s Hospital, while volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Doyle is also a frequent guest at several area elementary schools to read to kids and encourage physical education through volleyball.
Doyle has been a three-year starter in every match for the Broncos. Doyle emerged as a junior and was named WMU’s Most Valuable Player after earning First Team All-MAC accolades after compiling 325 kills, 459 digs, 100 blocks and .281 attack percentage (all single-season career highs). She has 914 career kills as she closes in on becoming only the 18th player in school history to reach 1,000. Doyle is also sixth in career digs at WMU with 1,217 and ninth in career block assists with 266. Doyle’s arrival at WMU corresponded with the Broncos winning three consecutive MAC West championships, including the overall MAC championship and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 2008. The Broncos are 73-30 with Doyle in the lineup and 39-9 in conference matches.