GREEN BAY, Wis.
(GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Coming off
Horizon League victory of the season over the weekend, the Green Bay
volleyball team (8-6, 1-1 Horizon League) takes a break from conference play
Wednesday night to face BIG EAST opponent DePaul (5-9, 0-2 BIG EAST) in
Chicago. The contest, slated for 7 p.m. at McGrath-Phillips Arena, opens a
four-match road stretch for the Phoenix, which has won five of its last six
matches and seven of its last 10.
SCOUTING THE BLUE
DePaul is looking to snap
a three-match losing streak, and is coming off a pair of BIG EAST losses to No.
10 Louisville and Cincinnati over the weekend. DePaul is 1-2 at home this
season, but has not played at McGrath-Phillips Arena since hosting the DePaul
Invite Aug. 24-25.
The Blue Demons are paced
by a pair of newcomers in junior transfer Vesela Zapryanova and freshman Callie
Huebener. Zapryanova has a team-high 172 kills on the year, averaging 3.19
kills per set, and Huebener is second on the roster with 141 kills. The two
have combined for seven double-doubles this season (kills and digs), as
Huebener has four and Zapryanova has three.
Green Bay and DePaul will
square off for the first time since Oct. 3, 2006, when the Phoenix picked up a
3-2 victory in the Phoenix Sports Center. The last time the two teams met in
Chicago was during the 2005 season, a match the Phoenix took 3-1. Green Bay has
won four of the last five meetings with the Blue Demons, including each of the
last three. DePaul won the first 12 meetings between the two schools
(1988-2001), giving them a 13-4 advantage in the all-time series.
GROTH EARNS HORIZON
LEAGUE HONORS Brittany Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.) picked
up Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after
recording 31 digs in each of her two matches over the weekend. The senior
libero pushed her season average to 5.96 digs per set - a figure that currently
ranks fifth among all NCAA Division I players. With a league-leading 322 digs
already in 2012, Groth has increased her career total to 1,493 and is just 26
shy of tying current Phoenix assistant coach Sarah Rauen for second on
Green Bay's all-time list (1,519). Groth needs 297 more digs to surpass Megan
Elfering (1,789 from 2005-08) as the school's career leader.
Van Zeeland's kill (18),
dig (21) and block (8) totals on Saturday against YSU were all season highs for
the junior, while her dig and block numbers set new career bests ... Katie
Mroczenski had 11 total blocks in Green Bay's two matches over the weekend, and
now leads the Horizon League with 1.15 blocks per set ... Leitermann had one
solo block against Cleveland State, giving her 92 for her career. The senior,
currently second on the school's all-time list, needs six more solo blocks to
pass Marie Kaland (97 from 1992-95) as Green Bay's career leader ... Green Bay
has been one of the Horizon League's top defensive teams through the first 14
matches, ranking first in blocks (2.13/set) and digs (18.43/set) ... In addition
to Groth and Mroczenski leading in a statistical category, the Phoenix has a
number of other players who rank in the conference's top-10. Leitermann
currently ranks third in hitting percentage (.316), Leah Poel is fifth in
assists (10.06/set), Van Zeeland is seventh in service aces (14), and Zabkowicz
(8th, 2.93/set) and Anderson (10th, 2.87/set) are both in the top-10 in kills.
MATCH POINT Green Bay head coach Debbie Kirch joins host Ryan Hartwig for a special game day edition of Match Point. This week's show previews the DePaul match, and also recaps the busy weekend at the Kress Center for Green Bay volleyball.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Green Bay returns to
Horizon League action on Friday when it travels to face Milwaukee at 7 p.m. at
the Klotsche Center.
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