Schott, Zabkowicz Earn Horizon League Honors
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay's Whitney Schott (Roscoe, Ill.) has been named to the All-Horizon League volleyball team, the league office announced on Wednesday. The senior setter was voted onto the 14-person all-conference team by the league's head coaches.
Freshman Lyndsay Zabkowicz (Oak Creek, Wis.) was voted onto the All-Newcomer Team as one of the seven top newcomers in the Horizon League.
Schott started each of the 29 matches she played in this season and totaled 1,086 assists while directing the Phoenix offense. Her assist total ranks as the eight-most in a single season in Green Bay history. The team captain also ranks second in the Horizon League in service aces with an average of .31 per set.
After transferring from Stephen F. Austin prior to her junior season, Schott has tallied 2203 assists to rank fifth all-time in Green Bay history.
"It's hard to express the impact that she has made on our program the last 16 months because it goes beyond stats. She's a winner, she's a leader and she has made an impact on our young roster and helped bring get this team working together in a very short period of time," said Green Bay head coach Debbie Kirch. "On top of all that, she has run our offense and has been the most consistent part of our lineup for two straight seasons. I'm not a big "individual award" person because it takes everyone on the roster to accomplish success, but this honor for Whitney is well-deserved."
After breaking into Kirch's rotation in late September, Zabkowicz had a strong freshman campaign. She totaled 163 kills and averaged 2.63 per set, including an 18-kill performance at league champion Milwaukee and a 17-kill effort in leading Green Bay to an upset victory over Butler on Nov. 5.
Helping the Phoenix extend its winning streak to four matches in the team's regular season finale, Zabkowicz had a team-high 16 kills against UIC last Friday.
"Lyndsay is an exceptional athlete who, because of injuries during her high school career, had a lot of ground to make up when she arrived in August for preseason," said Kirch. "I truly thought it would take her a full year here before she actually started making an impact, but I couldn't have been more wrong. From day one, Lyndsay put in the extra time necessary to make up for the senior season she lost during the high school club season and her hard work definitely has paid off. I am looking forward to seeing what she's going to do her over the next three seasons."
Green Bay will open play in the Horizon League Championship on Friday as the fifth seed and will take on fourth-seeded Valparaiso at 7 p.m. The tournament is being hosted by Milwaukee.
ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE HONOREES
Kerri Schuh (Milwaukee)
Jessica Wolfe (Butler)
Jena Berg (Milwaukee)
Taylor Root (Valparaiso)
Maureen Bamiro (Butler)
Amy Benz (Cleveland State)
Jenny Pokorny (Valparaiso)
Kara Koch (Cleveland State)
Natalie Schmitting (Milwaukee)
Jordan Goad (Cleveland State)
Whitney Schott (Green Bay)
Shaunda Sandifer (Wright State)
Katie Daprile (Butler)
Kelsey Safranek (UIC)
HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Rachel Neuberger (Milwaukee)
Sarah Dooms (Valparaiso)
Maggie Harbison (Butler)
Jackie Dabbelt (Cleveland State)
Elizabeth Egerer (Milwaukee)
Claire Randich (Butler)