Saint Leo, Fla. (November 9, 2006) – A trio of Saint Leo University volleyball players was named to the 2006 All-Sunshine State Conference Volleyball Team, it was announced Thursday by SSC Commissioner Michael J. Marcil. 

Saint Leo sophomore outside hitter Audrey Starkebaum (Sterling, Colo.) was named Second Team, while Michelle Nogueras (Fr., Cayey, Puerto Rico) and Chelsea Armer (Fr., San Jose, Calif.) were named to the All-Freshman Team.

Starkebaum was an All-Freshman selection a season ago, and was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine All-District Third Team.  The sophomore set a new single-season program record for total attempts in 2006, as she had 1,122 and finished the regular season with a team-high 428 kills (3.75 k/g).

Nogueras also set a new program record during the regular season, as her 10.87 assists per game eclipsed the previous mark of 10.48 held by teammate Jessi Lynn (So., Brandon, Fla.).  The Lions’ setter also had a triple-double during the year with 10 kills, 48 assists and 16 digs against Barry University (10/21/06).

Armer was also a major reason for Saint Leo’s success, as she ranked second on the team with 303 kills (3.37 kills/game) and also ranked fourth on the team with 216 digs.  She was one of just 23 played to register a 30-kill match in 2006, as she had 30 in the Lions’ 3-1 win over SSC foe Eckerd College (9/27/06).

Along with the All-Conference teams, major individual awards winners were also announced.  Tampa’s Stephanie Rivera was recognized as the SSC Player of the Year, Eckerd’s Lydee Benoit was named SSC Freshman of the Year and Tampa’s Chris Catanach was selected SSC Coach of the Year.

Voting for the all-conference team and the individual award winners was conducted among SSC volleyball coaches and sports information directors.

Saint Leo will face No. 9 Florida Southern College this afternoon in the opening round of play in the NCAA Division II South Regional.  The match will begin at noon at the University of Tampa’s Bob Martinez Sports Center, and will be broadcast live on the Internet via the Saint Leo Athletics Audiocast Network.