Green Bay Falls to Valparaiso in Regular Season Finale

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Release: November 10, 2012
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Lyndsay Zabkowicz led the Phoenix with 11 kills on Saturday.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)

VALPARAISO, Ind. ( - The Green Bay volleyball team (15-13, 6-8 Horizon League) wrapped up its 2012 regular season on Saturday night, falling 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-23) to Valparaiso (19-11, 9-4 HL) at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Phoenix will be the No. 5 seed in next weekend's Horizon League tournament, and will face fourth-seeded Loyola next Friday in Cleveland, Ohio.

"We lost our composure early tonight and had to fight hard to get it back," Green Bay head coach Debbie Kirch said. "It's going to be important for us to have a short memory because we start a new season next week."

One night after breaking the school record for digs in a career, Phoenix senior Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) eclipsed the school's single-season digs record  on Saturday, tallying 22 to push her season total to 665. The number breaks Groth's previous record of 659, which she set as a junior last season.

The Crusaders out-hit the Phoenix .254 to .106 in the contest, finishing with 46 kills to Green Bay's 30. Valpo's Mary Dent led all players with 13 kills, while Ellen Vanden Berg had 11. Junior Lyndsay Zabkowicz (Oak Creek, Wis.) had a solid match for Green Bay, posting a team-best 11 kills while hitting .280.

After suffering a pair of uneven losses in sets one and two, the Phoenix battled hard in the third, erasing a five-point deficit (15-10) to knot things up at 17-17. Senior Carmen Leitermann (Schofield, Wis.) notched a kill to give Green Bay an 18-17 lead, but a 4-0 run put the Crusaders back in front 21-18. The Phoenix rallied again to tie the score at 22-22, but Valpo answered with three of the next four points to secure the 3-0 sweep.

Green Bay and Loyola will square off in Horizon League quarterfinal action at 4 p.m. CT on Friday at Woodling Gymnasium.


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