INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Getting double-digit kills from three players and 54 assists from senior setter Whitney Schott (Roscoe, Ill.), visiting Green Bay (10-18, 6-8 HL) shocked league-leading Butler (17-8, 11-2 HL) 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23) in Horizon League volleyball action Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
A total team effort helped the Phoenix to the important league victory as three players notched double-digit kills, four players tallied at least 13 digs and Green Bay hit .263 as a team for the win.
Freshman Lyndsay Zabkowicz (Oak Creek, Wis.) led the Phoenix with 17 kills and just three errors while Abbey Gitter (Hortonville, Wis.) totaled 14 kills and only one error. Sophomore Carmen Leitermann (Schofield, Wis.) and junior Kelly Mischler (Kaukauna, Wis.) added 12 and nine kills, respectively.
Schott, the team's lone senior, showed her leadership both offensively and defensively in leading her squad to the upset. Adding to her impressive numbers directing the offense, Schott led the Phoenix with 25 digs. Junior Karli Koralewski (Muskego, Wis.) added 18 digs while freshman Sabrina Marunowski (Milwaukee, Wis.) and sophomore Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) had 17 and 13 respectively.
"We finally got over the hump," said head coach Debbie Kirch, whose team earned revenge after losing a 2-0 lead to Butler at home on Oct. 10. "We were extremely patient offensively, committed only 14 hitting errors and played great defense. We stuck to our game plan, trusted it and finished games."
Things did not start off great for the Phoenix in set one, but the visitors rallied from an early 5-1 deficit and used an 8-2 run to break a 12-12 tie and pull away for the early lead.
After falling in a close set, 25-23, Green Bay came away from the intermission with a strong set three. After the Bulldogs scored the first point, the Phoenix did not trail again. Seven-straight points on the serve of Schott put Green Bay up 24-15.
Five kills from Zabkowicz helped the Phoenix finish the match in set four. Green Bay again only trailed 1-0 in the set and never relinquished the lead after going ahead 2-1 on a Schott ace.
The Phoenix will travel to Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday to play against Wright State at 4 p.m. The match will be Green Bay's last road match of the season before returning home on Friday, Nov. 12 to host UIC.
Green Bay def. Butler 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23
Green Bay (10-18, 6-8 HL) (Kills-aces-blocks)
ZABKOWICZ, Lyndsay 17-0-0; GITTER, Abbey 14-1-3; LEITERMANN, Carmen 12-0-2; MISCHLER, Kelly 9-0-4; WILLISON, Carlie 7-0-1; SCHOTT, Whitney 4-1-2; KORALEWSKI, Karli 0-1-0; Totals 63-3-6.0. (Assists) - SCHOTT, Whitney 54. (Dig leaders) - SCHOTT, Whitney 25; KORALEWSKI, Karli 18; MARUNOWSKI, Sabrina 17; GROTH, Brittany 13; GITTER, Abbey 9
Butler (17-8, 11-2 HL) (Kills-aces-blocks)
BAMIRO, Maureen 18-0-4; WOLFE, Jessica 15-1-0; HARBISON, Maggie 10-0-3; RANDICH, Claire 7-0-2; VERA, Gina 4-3-1; LEE, Jalesa 4-0-0; NESBIT, Maureen 0-2-0; Totals 58-6-5.0. (Assists) - VERA, Gina 48. (Dig leaders) - DAPRILE, Katie 25; HARBISON, Maggie 20; WOLFE, Jessica 19; VERA, Gina 12