Phoenix Volleyball Opens Road Stretch at Northern Illinois

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Release: August 28, 2012
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Green Bay begins a nine-match road trip Tuesday at NIU.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)

GREEN BAY, Wis. ( - After opening the 2012 season with three home matches over the weekend, the Phoenix volleyball team (1-2) begins a nine-match road stretch on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Northern Illinois at Victor E. Court in DeKalb, Ill.

Fans can follow Tuesday's contest between Green Bay and NIU with live stats and live video via Huskie All-Access. Check out the links at the top of the page to follow the action.

Northern Illinois is coming off a 2011 season in which it qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. The Huskies went 1-2 at their season-opening home tournament over the weekend, defeating North Dakota State 3-2 on Friday before falling to Wichita State (3-2) and New Mexico State (3-1) on Saturday. Freshman setter Alexis Gonzalez and junior defensive specialist Justine Schepler were named to the NIU Invitational All-Tournament Team for their strong play.

For the second year in a row, the Phoenix kicked off its season by hosting the Green Bay/Country Inn & Suites Tournament at the Kress Center over the weekend. The Phoenix started with a 3-0 sweep of Drake on Friday before suffering a pair of hard-fought losses to Central Michigan (3-0) and tournament champion Auburn (3-0) on Saturday.

Carmen Leitermann was named to the Green Bay/Country Inn & Suites All-Tournament Team following a trio of strong performances. The senior had a team-high 31 kills over the weekend, committing just three errors. Her .475 hitting percentage is second among Horizon League players through the first weekend of competition ... Brittany Groth was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after breaking the school record for digs in a three-set match (29) against Auburn ... Groth's average of eight digs per set is tops in the league, with the second-highest total being 5.19 by Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Taylor Root from Valparaiso ... Katie Mroczenski had a strong weekend the Phoenix, posting 14 total blocks - the second-highest total of any Horizon League player after the season-opening matches ... Leitermann had 10 total blocks in Green Bay's first three matches. Her six solo blocks pushed her career total to 82, moving the senior into second place on the school's all-time list ahead of Jessie Theys (81 from 2000-03) and behind Marie Kaland (97 from 1992-95) ... A pair of freshmen made their debut in a Phoenix uniform at the team's home tournament. Becca Mastey played in all nine sets for Green Bay, recording 20 digs and four assists, while Taylor Kasal appeared in one set against CMU, picking up a pair of digs ... Green Bay is averaging more digs (21) and blocks (2.67) per set than any team in the Horizon League.


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