Juett Named Player Of The Year, NT Picked Second

DENTON, Texas (8/18/08) North Texas junior Kendall Juett topped all other competition in the Sun Belt Conference when she was named the 2008 Preseason Player of the Year and selected to the first-team All-Sun Belt along with senior Brittany Cleveland.

Only Denver, the conference champion from last season, had more players selected to the first-team All-Sun Belt (3). Louisiana-Lafayette tied North Texas for second with two players earning a spot on the first-team All-Sun Belt.

The pre-season coaches poll has North Texas picked to finish second. Denver is once again the pre-season favorite, receiving nine first place votes while North Texas picked up two first place votes.

Juett is coming off of another impressive season. In 2007 she was selected first-team All-Sun Belt, was named to the Sun-Belt All-Tournament team and led the team in assists with 12. She was second on the team in shots (79), third in points (28) and fourth in goals (8). Most importantly the team was 10-1 in games in which she scored at least a point.

Cleveland scored a career high 11 goals in 2007 and led the team in winning goals (5). She was second on the team in goals and fourth in points (27) and shots (37). The senior scored a career high four goals against in Lamar, the first North Texas player to accomplish that feat since the 2003 season.

North Texas is still preparing for the 2008 regular season. They previously tied Texas Tech 0-0 in an exhibition and will play their Green and White game Aug. 23. The season opener for the Mean Green is slated for Aug. 29 when they host Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. North Texas will also host the Sun Belt Tournament for the first time in school history (Nov. 5-8).

2008 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first place votes in parenthesis)
Team                            Points
1. Denver (9)                 141
2. North Texas (2)          128
3. Western Kentucky      115
4. Middle Tennessee      109
5. Florida Atlantic          (97)
6. Louisiana-Lafayette    (78)
7. South Alabama          (69)
8. UALR                        (53)
9. FIU                           (52)
10. Louisiana-Monroe    (37)
11. Arkansas State        (33)
12. Troy                        (22)

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

Kelli Jestes (ULL, F, So.)

Callie Oliver (ULL, F, Sr.)

Jennifer Threlkeld (MT, F, Jr.)

Brittany Cleveland (NT,F, Sr.)

Tiara Smith (USA, F, Jr.)

Lizzy Carlson (DU, MF, Jr.)

Taryn Hemmings (DU, MF, Sr.)

Kendall Juett (NT, MF, Jr.)

Jessi Keller (DU, D, Sr.)

Janeke Simpkins (FAU, D, Sr.)

Morgan Thomas (WKU, D, Jr.)
Mackenzie Snyder (DU,GK, Jr.)


2008 Preseason Player of the Year

Kendall Juett (NT, MF, Jr.)




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