Godfrey Preseason All-SBC, NT Atop West Again

DENTON, Texas – After a stellar freshman campaign, North Texas outside hitter Eboni Godfrey earned Preseason All-Sun Belt honors as the Mean Green volleyball team was tabbed by the Sun Belt coaches to win the league’s West Division for a second straight year.

Coming off back-to-back .500-plus seasons for the first time since the founding of the program in 1976 & 1977, North Texas will once again take the court as the preseason SBC West Division favorite.

“It’s always nice to know that you are respected by the other coaches in your league, but at the same time the onus is on us to perform and live up to those expectations,” said North Texas head coach Ken Murczek. “We were in this position last year as well, but had trouble keeping our focus with the target on our backs. Thanks to players like Eboni and a host of talented newcomers I think we are in a better position to do that this year.”

Godfrey was a second team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2011, the first NT freshman since Corina Marginas in 2000 to make an all-conference squad. She is only the fourth NT player to ever earn All-Sun Belt Tournament honors thanks to 4.14 kills per set on .247 hitting in leading the Mean Green to the SBC semifinals. The COBRA Magazine Honorable Mention All-American led the Mean Green with 383 total kills (3.14 per set) and 1,247 attacks.

Godfrey and the Mean Green, which will take the court with the program’s first high school and junior college All-Americans, open the season on Friday at home in the North Texas Invitational.

2012 SBC Preseason All-Conference Team
Edina Begic (UALR, Sophomore, OH)
Jovana Bjelica (FIU, Senior, OH)
Mandi Gavin (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, S)
Ashley Adams (Middle Tennessee, Senior, OH)
Eboni Godfrey (North Texas, Sophomore, OH)
Ashley Potts (WKU, Junior, DS)
Jordyn Skinner (WKU, Senior, OH)
Melanie Stutsman (WKU, Junior, S)

2012 SBC Preseason Player of the Year
Jordyn Skinner (WKU, Senior, OH)

2012 SBC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Ashley Potts (WKU, Junior, DS)

2012 SBC Volleyball Preseason Poll
East Division
1. Western Kentucky (8) – 63 points
2. Middle Tennessee (2) – 56 points
3. FIU (1) – 43 points
4. South Alabama – 31 points
5. Troy – 22 points
6. Florida Atlantic – 16 points

West Division
1. North Texas (6) - 45 points
2. Arkansas State (2) – 43 points
3. UALR (2) - 38 points
4. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) - 23 points
5. Louisiana-Monroe - 16 points




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