Denver, Colo. — Three members of the Western Kentucky University volleyball team were named to the all-Sun Belt Conference volleyball teams Wednesday night at the league’s annual pre-tournament banquet.
All three Lady Toppers — junior middle hitter Megan Argabright, junior setter Julia Noe and senior middle hitter Jenna Gideon — have now been selected to the all-conference team multiple times in their careers. Both Argabright and Noe were named to the first team, while Gideon was a second-team selection. It also marks the 10th straight season in which WKU has put multiple players on the all-conference teams.
It marks the third time in as many seasons that Argabright has been named first-team all-SBC. She enters this week’s Sun Belt Tournament averaging a team-best 4.12 kills per game — the fourth-best average in the league. She is also hitting .365, and leads the team with 102 total blocks. A two-time All-American, Argabright has recorded double-digit kills in 30 of WKU’s 32 matches this season. That includes finishing with over 20 kills on four occasions. Her 457 kills on the year currently stand as the 10th best single-season total in Lady Topper history. Her 1,464 career kills are just three away from third place all-time.
Noe was also named to the first team after earning second-team honors as a sophomore. She stands second in the conference averaging 12.68 assists per game, and also ranks eighth with a .359 hitting percentage entering the postseason. Noe has set the Lady Toppers to a league-best 16.54 kills per game, and the second-best team hitting percentage in the Sun Belt at .279. Her 1,407 assists on the year rank ninth on the WKU single-season list, and she now stands fifth all-time with 2,812 career assists. Noe has also written her name into the Lady Topper record books this season as she became the first player in the program’s history to record three triple-doubles in a career. She accomplished the feat all three times during the ‘07 season in Lady Topper victories over North Texas, UALR and Troy.
Despite missing a handful of matches due to injury, Gideon earned a spot on the all-Sun Belt second team for the third straight season. Gideon — who joined the 1,000 career kills club during her final season as a Lady Topper — has posted a .365 hitting percentage, and 2.98 kills per game during her senior season. She is also averaging a team-best 1.05 blocks per game. She ranks among the league leaders in both blocks and hitting percentage, and has posted double-digit kills in 15 of 27 matches during the season.
The Lady Toppers (25-7, 14-3 SBC East) are the third seed in the Sun Belt Tournament. They will open play in the quarterfinals against sixth-seeded New Orleans on Thursday (Nov. 15) at 6 p.m. (CST) at Hamilton Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Denver. WKU is in search of its third Sun Belt Conference Tournament crown — winning the championship in both 2002 and 2005.