GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green Bay senior libero Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) has been selected as one of the seven members of the Preseason All-Horizon League Volleyball Team, the conference office announced Friday. The team was voted on by the league's coaches, who were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.
Groth is coming off a junior campaign that was one of the best in school history. She averaged a school-record 5.78 digs per set, a figure that ranked ninth among all NCAA Division I players.
"Brittany proved last year that she was not only one of the best defensive players in the league, but also in the country," Phoenix head coach Debbie Kirch said. "We didn't recruit her as a libero, but it is a position she has really grown into and I expect her to continue to develop in that role this season by having a more consistent serve and leading our strong defensive core."
The 2011 All-Horizon League performer shattered Green Bay's single season record for digs last year with 659, a total that ranked second in the conference only to 2012 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Taylor Root of Valpo. A two-time conference player of the week, Groth recorded her 1000th career dig in 2011 and also broke the school record for digs in a four-set match (38).
Groth and her teammates will play in Green Bay's annual intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Kress Center before kicking off the regular season next weekend with the Green Bay/Country Inn & Suites Tournament. Saturday's scrimmage is free and open to the public.
All-Horizon League Team
Elizabeth Egerer, Milwaukee
Brittany Groth, Green Bay
Kara Koch, Cleveland State
Rachel Neuberger, Milwaukee
Kayla Price, Milwaukee
Taylor Root, Valparaiso
Kelsey Safranek, UIC
Offensive Player of the Year: Kara Koch, Cleveland State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Taylor Root, Valparaiso
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