The 2011 season will be remembered as a collection of fantastic team accomplishments. The Chippewas finished the season with a 19-14 overall record and were sixth in the Mid-American Conference with an 8-8 record. They were able to capture the program's first MAC Tournament championship, which led to the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. CMU also finished the season with the second highest RPI ranking in program history at 79.
There were many individual accomplishments as well. Head coach Erik Olson captured win 100 following the first match win of the season, while senior Kaitlyn Schultz rewrote the record book, becoming the 14th Chippewa to record 1,000 kills and the first player in program history to earn four All-MAC accolades. She also set the career hitting percentage record and finished second in single-season hitting percentage. Schultz was honored as the MAC Tournament MVP while Kelly Maxwell made all-tournament team. Kaitlyn McIntyre was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team and set the freshman kill record at CMU. Lindsey Dulude was named to the Academic All-MAC Team for sporting a 3.96 GPA.
|Most Improved||Kelly Maxwell|
|Spirit Award||Samantha Brawley|
|Unsung Hero||Catherine Ludwig|
|Most Valuable Player||Kaitlyn Schultz|
|Academic Award||Lindsey Dulude|
|Coaches Award||Catherine Ludwig|
|First Year Letter||Kaitlyn McIntyre|
|Second Year Letter||Jenna Coates|
|Third Year Letter||Val DeWeerd|
|Fourth Year Letter||Kaitlyn Schultz|
With the spring semester coming to an end, the Chippewas will look forward to making another run at the MAC title in 2012. The squad will be loaded with veteran talent once again, with seniors Lindsey Dulude (2.62 kills/set), Val DeWeerd (1.79 kills/set), Katie Schuette (1.37 kills/set) and Jocelyn VerVelde (1.81 kills/set) along with juniors Kelly Maxwell (10.95 assists/set), who finished the season sixth on CMU's single-season assists chart with 1,314, and Danielle Gotham (1.98 kills/set).
Jenna Coates (4.25 digs/set) will likely anchor the defense as she enters her junior season, fourth on the CMU all-time digs list with 544. Alongside her on the backline will be senior Samantha Brawley (1.83 digs/set) and redshirt sophomore Haley Barker.