WKU Volleyball Picks Up Three All-Sun Belt Honors

By: Kelly Oravet, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kelly Oravet, WKU Athletic Media Relations

Bowling Green, Ky. — Three WKU volleyball athletes were honored for their performances this season by being named to the 2008 All-Sun Belt Conference teams, the league office announced today at the annual volleyball tournament banquet. Seniors Megan Argabright and Julia Noe and junior Brittany Bowen picked up the honors after leading the team to a 23-9 regular season finish.

Argabright, who was named to the All-Sun Belt first-team for the fourth consecutive season, will go down in the record books as one of the most storied athletes in WKU history. After breaking the school record in kills against Florida Atlantic this season, the Louisville, Ky. native followed up that performance by breaking the school record in block assists and total blocks. The three-time All-American has accumulated 1,955 kills during her career while also posting 451 total blocks and is currently ranked 22nd in the nation in hitting percentage at .385. Argabright has notched 23 matches with double-digit kills and has posted double-digit kills in eight consecutive matches.

Noe, a second-team selection, has been a crucial part of the Lady Topper offense and defense this season. With 200 kills, Noe is also second on the team in digs with 245. Currently in the Sun Belt, she is ranked sixth in assists per set and eighth in hitting percentage. This season Noe has posted two triple-doubles and now has six in her career, the most in WKU history. With the honor, Noe has been named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team twice in her Lady Topper career and to the First Team once.

Bowen, also a second team honoree, has become an integral part of the WKU offense this season. Second on the team in kills with 259, Bowen is hitting .363 overall this year and has posted double-digit kills in 13 matches this season. Additionally, the Ada, Mich. native has hit over .350 16 times this season and in WKU's past two matches has posted hitting percentages of .600 and .688. She is also second on the team in blocks with 91 and is first in solo blocks with 23. Earlier in the year, Bowen became just the ninth Lady Topper in WKU volleyball history to be named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Team.

The No. 6 seed Lady Toppers will begin play in the Sun Belt Conference Championship tomorrow when they face off against the No. 3 seed, Denver, at 7:30 p.m. CST.

ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Amila Barakovic, UALR

Emmy Davidsmeyer, Denver

Yarimar Rosa, FIU

Ashley Asberry, Middle Tennessee

Leslie Clark, Middle Tennessee

Dobrilla Kovacevic, New Orleans

Lindsey Loyd, New Orleans

Megan Argabright, WKU

SECOND TEAM

Anita Bucur, UALR

Cayla Fielder, Arkansas State

Holly Benson, Denver

Natalia Valentin, FIU

Isadora Rangel, FIU

Izabela Kozon, Middle Tennessee

Brittany Bowen, WKU

Julia Noe, WKU

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Isadora Rangel, FIU

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Cayla Fielder, Arkansas State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Amy Hafner, UALR

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Yarimar Rosa, FIU

COACH OF THE YEAR - Danielja Tomic, FIU


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