Bowling Green, Ky. — After a season that ended with a record of 27-9 and a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Western Kentucky University volleyball team is looking to surpass those achievements in 2008. Under 14 year head coach, Travis Hudson, the team opened up its 2008 campaign on Friday with a roster that includes three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.
"Our expectations have never been higher," Hudson said. "We have every critical component in place to be a championship team. We are experienced, talented, physical and we have good ball control. We have the ability to be a great team."
In order for those expectations to become a reality the Lady Toppers will look to their 2008 senior class. The threesome of Megan Argabright, Kelly Hofmeyer and Julia Noe will leave WKU as one of the most successful classes in school history and will be a vital part to the team's success this season.
"All three of these young ladies are a big part of our team," Hudson said. "A lot of teams are made up of juniors and seniors, but these three athletes have been involved in every aspect of the game since they were freshmen. They are a seasoned group that can face whatever is thrown their way."
In addition to the team's success, Argabright will look to extend her dominance on the court. The three time All-American will look to establish herself as one of the best players in the Sun Belt and in the country again this season.
"Megan is one-of-a-kind," stated Hudson. "She has a rare combination of God-given abillity and has a competitve spirit. She is definitely a special player."
The Lady Toppers will begin their quest for a second consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament and a Sun Belt Conference Championship by traveling to Alabama to take part in the Crimson Tide Invitational on August 29-30. WKU will then open up league play by hosting Middle Tennessee, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Champions and a 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 team on September 26.
"We really had a push this spring to raise the level of competitiveness that we bring to the league," Hudson said. "The level of talent in the Sun Belt is at an all-time high and the league is coming off unprecedented success. But, I believe that we have the toughest non-conference schedule in the conference and the teams that we will face early on in the season will prepare us to match-up against any team that we face in the conference."