Four members of the No. 19 Western Kentucky volleyball team were named to the All-Conference USA teams, the league announced Wednesday.

Sophomore outside hitter Paige Briggs, senior setter Nadia Dieudonne and junior middle hitter Lauren Matthews were all First Team All-Conference USA selections, while junior middle hitter Katie Isenbarger was a Second Team selection.

Matthews leads WKU with 219 kills on 379 attacks. Her .438 hitting percentage is second in C-USA behind Rice’s Anota Adekunle and ranks 15th nationally. Matthews averages 1.37 blocks per set, which leads the league and ranks 27th nationally.

Briggs comes in just behind Matthews in total kills with 216 while hitting at a .347 rate, and has a team-leading 203 digs. She’s posted 10 double-doubles this season. Briggs has 17 aces and is averaging 0.47 blocks per set.

Dieudonne facilitates an offense with the second-highest hitting percentage in the nation. The senior setter has 671 assists this season and averages 11.77 per set, which leads C-USA and ranks fourth nationally. She’s added 24 kills, eight aces and 101 digs on her way to five C-USA Setter of the Week awards in the 10 weeks it was given out during the regular season.

Isenbarger has 110 kills and is hitting at a .423 rate. She’s added 33 digs and 0.84 blocks per set.

WKU finished the regular season 18-0 overall and 12-0 in league play – the first undefeated regular season in program history. The Lady Toppers are scheduled to begin the C-USA Tournament at noon Thursday against North Texas in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Ten Conference USA programs collected at least one all-conference selection with seven earning at least two and six boasting three or more. Charlotte and Rice each led with five winners each, while Marshall and No. 19 WKU picked up four apiece.

UAB and UTEP rounded up three selections each, and Old Dominion tallied two honorees in its inaugural season. Middle Tennessee, North Texas and Southern Miss each had one player honored.


Player of the Year

Nicole Lennon, Rice

Setter of the Year

Carly Graham, Rice

Defensive Player of the Year

Destiny Leon, Marshall

Libero of the Year

Sarah Schank, Marshall

Freshman of the Year

Emani’ Foster, Charlotte

Coach of the Year

Karen Weatherington, Charlotte

All-Conference First Team

Emani’ Foster, Charlotte

Ciara Debell, Marshall

Rhett Robinson, North Texas

Anota Adekunle, Rice

Carly Graham, Rice

Nicole Lennon, Rice

Fernanda Maida, UAB

Cheyenne Jones, UTEP

Lauren Matthews, WKU

Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

Paige Briggs, WKU

All-Conference Second Team

Amani McArthur, Charlotte

Sydney Rowan, Charlotte

Destiny Leon, Marshall

Sarah Schank, Marshall

Sydney Lostumo, Marshall

Alessia Sgherza, Old Dominion

Ellie Bichelmeyer, Rice

Duquesne Moratzka, Southern Miss

Alex Kells, UAB

Serena Patterson, UTEP

Katie Isenbarger, WKU

All-Freshman Team

Emani’ Foster, Charlotte

Lara Kretschmer, Charlotte

Amelia Van Der Werff, Middle Tennessee

Teresa Atilano, Old Dominion

Danyle Courtley, Rice

Erin Powers, UAB

Ava Palm, UTEP

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