Green Bay Welcomes League-Leading Milwaukee Saturday

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Release: October 14, 2011
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All fans are encouraged to wear pink Saturday in support of breast cancer awareness month.

By: Andrew Gavin, (@GBGavin)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - The Green Bay volleyball team (8-12, 4-4 HL) opens its second half of Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., welcoming league-leading Milwaukee (15-4, 4-4 HL) to the Kress Events Center. The match will serve as the annual breast cancer awareness pink match for the Phoenix, with lots of activities going on in support of breast cancer awareness month.

There will be a lot of pink in the stands and on the court during the match, with fans getting the opportunity to purchase a new Phoenix t-shirt. Click here to see the new t-shirt design. An auction is going on throughout the course of October with multiple items that Phoenix fans can bid on at's auction site. Proceeds from t-shirt sales and the auction will go to the Patients Assistance Fund at The Cancer Team at Bellin Health.

WATCH IT AGAIN: Saturday's match will be broadcast by Time Warner Sports32 and will be shown on a tape-delayed basis. Matt Menzl and Scott Frasetto will be on the call for the match, which will air five times on Sports32, including Monday at 1 p.m., Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 9 a.m., Thursday at 10 a.m. and next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

MATCH POINT WITH DEBBIE KIRCH: Head coach Debbie Kirch sits down with Andrew Gavin to talk about the upcoming Milwaukee match and the breast cancer awareness promotions as well as the team's recent busy stretch and the play of junior libero Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.).

A LOOK AT THE PANTHERS: Milwaukee went through the first half of league play with an unblemished 8-0 record. The Panthers are led by outside hitter Kerri Schuh, who has 240 kills, and middle hitter Rachel Neuberger, who is hitting .361 on the season. Libero Morgan Potter is the reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week and is averaging 4.82 digs per set.

THE FIRST TIME AROUND: Milwaukee downed the Phoenix 3-1 on the Panthers' home court back on Sept. 16. However, Green Bay is one of only two Horizon League schools to take a set from Milwaukee during the first half of league play, and the Phoenix lost sets one and four just 25-23. Senior Abbey Gitter (Hortonville, Wis.) and sophomore Lyndsay Zabkowicz (Oak Creek, Wis.) each tallied 17 kills for the Phoenix. Mackenzie Millis led the Panthers with 17 kills of her own.

VOLLEYBLOG - HEAR IT FROM THE PLAYERS: In the most recent installment of VolleyBlog, senior Alison Bohnen (St. Germain, Wis.) talks about the challenge of balancing academic and volleyball during the team's recent stretch of four matches in six days. To hear from Bohnen, click here.

NEARING 1,000: Groth and Gitter are both nearing 1,000 milestones for their careers. Groth now has 912 digs in her career, including 906 in the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Gitter has tallied 808 kills in her career, including a team-high 209 in 2011.

AT THE TOP: Groth remains at the top of the Horizon League in digs per set, but the junior also continues to vault up the national rankings. Groth is now tied for 19th nationally in that category.

BLOCK RANKINGS: Senior Kelly Mischler (Kaukauna, Wis.) and junior Carmen Leitermann (Schofield, Wis.) are both moving up the rankings for career blocks at Green Bay. Leitermann is third (69) and Mischler is sixth (54) in block solos. In block assists and total blocks, Mischler has recently cracked the top-10 while Leitermann is quickly approaching the top-10 in both categories.

FOLLOW IT LIVE: For those unable to come to this week's match, 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


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