Groth Named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay volleyball player Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Groth's impressive week at libero included 81 digs in Green Bay's three matches.
Groth's week began with 24 digs at UIC on Wednesday before she tallied 21 digs in a three-set home victory against Wright State on Saturday. For the week, Groth averaged 6.23 digs per set.
On Sunday, Groth had one of the best defensive performances in school history in a 3-2 home loss to league-leading Butler. The sophomore recorded 36 digs, tied for the third-highest total in school history. In helping the Phoenix to an early 2-0 lead, Groth had an astonishing 15 digs in the second set alone.
"We inserted Brittany into the libero position during one of our preseason tournaments and she hasn't looked back since," said head coach Debbie Kirch. "It was impressive how comfortable she was in that a role, and she has truly gotten better every weekend. Considering she is only half way through her sophomore season, it's going to be fun to see her continue to grow. She deserves this recognition."
Through the first half of the Horizon League schedule, Groth leads the league in conference play in digs (178) and digs per set (5.56).
The Phoenix will step away from conference play on Wednesday to host Marquette at 7 p.m. The match will be the signature match of the Compete to Beat initiative, a program in partnership with Bellin Health that supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month that raises money for the Green Bay Phoenix Compete to Beat Fund, which provides support for patients and families with treatment-based needs.