GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay volleyball team will not only welcome Loyola (4-17, 1-10 HL) to the Kress Events Center on Friday night, the Phoenix will also welcome numerous alums that played for the program. The Phoenix (9-14, 5-6 HL) hosts the Ramblers at 7 p.m. for Alumni Night as the team looks to get back to .500 in league play.
The night could also see Green Bay junior Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) surpass the 1,000 dig plateau for her career. She has 990 career digs, including 984 in the past two seasons. The libero continues to lead the Horizon League and is 21st nationally in digs per set.
The Phoenix enters the contest after a thrilling 3-2 win on the road at Valparaiso last Saturday. In that match, Green Bay trailed 9-3 and 12-7 in the fifth set before rallying for a win that snapped the team's three-match losing streak. Junior Carmen Leitermann (Schofield, Wis.) had 19 kills and just two errors in the victory over the Crusaders.
Loyola stepped away from Horizon League play this week, dropping a non-conference match at Bradley 3-0 on Tuesday. The Ramblers have lost six matches in a row since in a win over Wright State on Oct. 9.
MATCH POINT WITH DEBBIE KIRCH: Head coach Debbie Kirch sits down with Andrew Gavin to talk about the come-from-behind win at Valparaiso, the performance of Carmen Leitermann and the keys against the Ramblers. To watch the episode, click here.
A LOOK AT THE RAMBLERS: Loyola is led this season by Laura Purcell, who has a team-high 226 kills on the season. Freshman Mary Kate Styler is second on the squad with 201 kills. Defensively, libero Cat Languido is among the league leaders in digs (4.22/set) while Libby Bresser leads the team with 59 blocks.
THE FIRST TIME AROUND: The first meeting between the two teams was a 3-2 Green Bay win on Sept. 30 in Chicago. In that match, the Phoenix fell behind by dropping the opening two sets before stunning the Ramblers. Leitermann led the Phoenix that night with a season-high 20 kills while Groth tallied 35 digs. Purcell had 15 kills and Languido tallied 34 digs for the Ramblers.
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 GreenBayPhoenix.com.
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