Bowling Green, Ky. — Seniors Megan Argabright and Julia Noe added to their list of accomplishments this season by being named to the 2008 AVCA South All-Region volleyball team. The duo, from Louisville, Ky. joined four other Sun Belt players in receiving the honor.
Argabright, who picks up the All-Region honor for the fourth consecutive year, finished her WKU career as one of the most accomplished female athletes in school history. After breaking the school record in kills against Florida Atlantic earlier this season, Argabright also broke the school record in block assists and total blocks. The four-time First Team All-Sun Belt selecion, led the Lady Toppers to their second Sun Belt Conference championship in four years after recording 465 kills this season and 112 total blocks. She finished the season with an overall hitting percentage of .376 after posting double-digit kills in 26 of 36 matches this season and was 24th in the country in hitting percentage.
"What more can be said about the career that Megan has had while at WKU," head coach Travis Hudson said. "I think she is very deserving of this honor. To be a four-time All-American, I think, sends her out of WKU as one of the best female athletes that has ever played at Western Kentucky University regardless of sport."
Noe receives the honor for the first time in her WKU career after being selected to three All-Sun Belt teams. A pivotal part of the Lady Topper offense and defense, Noe finished the season with 217 kills, an overall hitting percentage of .317 and 1372 assists. Additionally, Noe finished second on the team in digs with 269. During her Lady Topper career, Noe recorded six triple-doubles, the most in WKU history, and finished with two this season. Under Noe's leadership, the Lady Toppers have been one of the most efficient teams in hitting efficiency and are ranked in the top five in the country in hitting percentage.
"I am really excited to see Julia receive this recognition," Hudson said. "She is a kid that has worked so hard at this game for four years. The fact that our team is in the top five nationally in hitting efficiency this year, I think, reflects very positively on her. I couldn't be more thrilled for Julia because she has poured her heart into WKU volleyball. I think this is a statement to where our program is right now. Four or five years ago we never had an All-American and now we have two graduating together in 2008. It is a huge accomplishment."
Joining Argabright and Noe from the Sun Belt were Middle Tennessee's Ashley Asberry and Leslie Clark and Florida International's Yarimar Rosa. This is Rosa's third honor, Asberry's second and Clark's first.
"I think the league made a statement on its own this year in terms of how well we did nationally," Hudson stated. "It doesn't matter how good we are as coaches because you can't compete on a national level without quality players and I believe that is reflected on this South Region team."
Both Argabright and Noe will now be eligible for All-American honors. Members of the South All-Region team include:
Ashley Adams*** Samford University RS/Opp. Sr.
Megan Argabright**** Western Kentucky University MB Sr.
Ashley Asberry** Middle Tennessee State Univ. MB Sr.
Leslie Clark Middle Tennessee State Univ. S Jr.
Brittnee Cooper Louisiana State University MB Jr.
Elyse Cusack** University of Florida DS/Lib. Jr.
Nikki Fowler University of Tennessee OH So.
Elena Martinez** Louisiana State University DS/Lib. Sr.
Kelly Murphy University of Florida S/RS Fr.
Julia Noe Western Kentucky University S Sr.
Queen Nzenwa** University of Kentucky MB Sr.
Yarimar Rosa*** Florida International University OH Jr.
Sarah Rumely University of Kentucky S Jr.
Brooks Webster University of Alabama OH Jr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Kelly Murphy, Florida, S/RS
Honorable Mention: Bridget Denson-Dorman (South Carolina, S, Jr.); Cole Dawley (Charleston, S, So.); Chloe Goldman (Tennessee, DS/Lib.Jr.); Ivana Kujundzic (South Carolina, OH, Jr.); Lara Newberry (UT Chattanooga, DS/Lib., Sr.); Becky Pavan (Kentucky, MB, Fr.); Lauren Rapp (Kentucky, RS/Opp., So.); Belita Salters (South Carolina, MB, Sr.)