DENTON, Texas - For the first time since 2003, the North Texas volleyball team placed multiple players on the All-Sun Belt Conference teams. Senior Amy Huddleston was named to the first team while junior Kayla Saey earned second team recognition the league announced on Wednesday.
This is the first All-Sun Belt nod for a Mean Green player since 2006, and Huddleston's first-team bid is the program's first since 2003. Huddleston is only the fifth North Texas player to ever earn first-team all-conference honors.
"I'm really proud of both Amy and Kayla for their contributions to this team and this university," said North Texas head coach Ken Murczek. "I think it shows the progress that the program has made over the last season that we were able to earn two All-Sun Belt spots. We were fortunate to have a great senior hit her peak in Amy, and a hard-working setter like Kayla who was able to persevere despite being the only setter on the roster."
Huddleston was the offensive weapon that vaulted North Texas to its second Sun Belt West Division title since 2006. She ranks second in the Sun Belt in kills this season with 3.58 per set, and her 1,308 career kills ranks fourth in school history. Huddleston reached double figures in kills in 27 of her 30 matches in 2010.
The catalyst to Huddleston's success was Saey, who led the Sun Belt in assists per set at 11.24. With 1,371 total assists this year, the junior needs just 17 more to reach the third best total for a single season in school history. Saey already ranks fourth in school history in career digs.
Both Saey and Huddleston will be in action on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when the No. 5 seed Mean Green takes on no. 4 Arkansas State in the opening round of the Sun Belt Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
All-Sun Belt Conference Teams
Andrea Lakovic, FIU
Natalia Valentin, FIU
Ashley Adams, Middle Tennessee
Izabela Kozon, Middle Tennessee
Maria Szivos, Middle Tennessee
Amy Huddleston, North Texas
Tiffany Elmore, Western Kentucky
Jordyn Skinner, Western Kentucky
Megan Baska, Arkansas State
Cayla Fielder, Arkansas State
Kacie Wikierak, Denver
Lesley Mirarchi, Louisiana-Lafayette
Stacy Oladinni, Middle Tennessee
Kayla Saey, North Texas
Melanie Stutsman, Western Kentucky
Lindsay Williams, Western Kentucky
Defensive Player of the Year: Megan Baska, Arkansas State
Freshman of the Year: Melanie Stutsman, Western Kentucky
Player of the Year: Izabela Kozon, Middle Tennessee
Coach of the Year: Matt Peck, Middle Tennessee