GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - After playing six of its last seven matches at home, the Green Bay volleyball team begins a four-match road trip this weekend with contests at Valparaiso and Loyola. The Phoenix will play at Valpo Friday night at 7 p.m. before facing Loyola Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Green Bay split its two contests with the same teams to begin the month of October. In a thrilling five-set match, the Phoenix defeated Loyola 3-2 on Oct. 1 behind 43 assists and six kills from senior setter Whitney Schott (Roscoe, Ill.). The next day, freshman Lyndsay Zabkowicz had 17 kills for the Phoenix but Green Bay lost to Valpo 3-1.
The last time out, Green Bay rallied for a 3-1 win over visiting Youngstown State on Oct. 23. Junior Abbey Gitter (Hortonville, Wis.) registered a team-high 15 kills while junior Carlie Willison (Greenfield, Wis.) returned from injury to spark the comeback with 11 kills off the bench.
With a 4-7 Horizon League record, Green Bay will be looking to position itself for a spot in the six-team conference tournament with just five regular-season matches left on the schedule. The Phoenix is currently in sixth place, 1.5 games behind fifth-place UIC.
FOLLOW IT LIVE: For those unable to travel watch the Phoenix in person this weekend, live stats and live video will be available for both matches. To access the live video and live stats, go to the volleyball schedule page on GreenBayPhoenix.com.
PHOENIX IN THE RANKINGS: Sophomore libero Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) continues to lead all Horizon League players in digs (251) and digs per set (5.56) in conference play. Other Phoenix players among the league leaders are Schott, who is fourth in assists per set (10.41) and Gitter, who is 10th in kills per set (2.85).
MATCH POINT WITH DEBBIE KIRCH: Now on GreenBayPhoenix.com, watch this week's edition of Match Point with Debbie Kirch. The Phoenix head coach talks about the return of Willison, a roller coaster meeting with Cleveland State and the weekend ahead. To watch the show, click here.
HEAR IT FROM THE PLAYERS: Gitter gives insight into the volleyball team's motto, "Ohana", in the most recent entry of VolleyBlog. Click here to read more.