By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GREEN BAY, Wis.
(GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Fresh off its
win at DePaul on Wednesday night, the Green Bay volleyball team (9-6, 1-1)
returns to Horizon League action on Friday when it travels down I-43 to face
in-state rival Milwaukee (6-9, 1-1) at 7 p.m. at the Klotsche Center. The
Phoenix enters Friday's contest having won eight of its last 11 matches,
including six of its last seven.
Fans can follow Green
Bay's match at Milwaukee with live
stats and free live video
on the Horizon League Network. Links can be found on the volleyball
schedule page on GreenBayPhoenix.com. The official Green Bay volleyball
Twitter (@GBPhoenixVB) and
Facebook (Green Bay Phoenix
Volleyball) accounts will also be posting live updates throughout the
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Milwaukee, which was
picked first in the Horizon League's preseason poll, saw its 26-match regular
season conference winning streak come to an end last Saturday when it was swept
3-0 by Cleveland State at the Klotsche Center. Despite the loss, the Panthers
have still won 40 of their last 42 regular season league contests.
Looking for their third
straight regular season crown and ninth in the last 10 years, the Panthers are
paced by sophomore Julie Kolinske, who leads the team with 4.05 kills per set
while also ranking second on the team in digs with 3.36 per set. Kolinske has
recorded a double-double in seven of her last eight matches, and has had 20 or
more kills three times.
Milwaukee owns a 43-13
advantage in the all-time series with Green Bay, dating back to 1984. The
Panthers have won nine of the last 10 meetings with the Phoenix, with Green
Bay's last win coming Oct. 3, 2008 at the Kress Center. The most
recent meeting on Oct. 15, 2011 saw the Phoenix jump out to a 2-0 lead at
the Kress Center, but the Panthers rallied to take the final three sets and
extend its winning streak to eight against Green Bay.
LAST TIME OUT
Green Bay dropped the
first two sets to DePaul Wednesday night in Chicago, but came
all the way back to earn the 3-2 win. Senior Carmen Leitermann
(Schofield, Wis.) led the way for the Phoenix, posting a 15-kill, seven-dig,
seven-block effort in the 22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-13 victory. Wednesday
marked the second time the Phoenix has won after trailing 0-2 this year, as
head coach Debbie Kirch's squad completed
a similar comeback on Sept. 8 against Bradley in the South Dakota State
GROTH MOVES INTO SECOND
ON DIGS LIST
Senior libero Brittany
Groth (Oak Creek, Wis.), the reigning
Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week, had a match-high 38 digs at
DePaul Wednesday night, moving her into second place on Green Bay's all-time
list with 1,531. Groth passed former Phoenix standout and current assistant
coach Sarah Rauen, who had 1,519 digs from 2003-06.
Groth leads the Horizon
League with a 6.1 digs per set average, and she entered the week ranked fifth
among all NCAA Division I players in the statistical category. As a team, Green
Bay ranks first in the conference and fourth in the nation in digs per set,
Green Bay has the best
record of any Horizon League school over the last 10 matches (7-3) ... In
addition to leading the Horizon League in digs (1,085) and digs per set
(18.39), the Phoenix also is tops in the conference in blocks per set,
averaging 2.17 ... Green Bay's 15 team blocks against Youngstown State last
Saturday were the most by any Horizon League team this season ... Junior Katie Mroczenski is the Horizon League's top individual blocker, averaging 1.14
blocks per set, while Leitermann also ranks in the top-10 (10th, 0.81 per set)
... Leitermann currently ranks third in the conference in hitting percentage
(.319), recording 165 kills and 35 errors in 407 attempts ... Groth needs 259
more digs to surpass Megan Elfering (1,789 from 2005-08) as Green Bay's career
digs leader. If Groth maintains her 6.1 digs per set average, it would take 43
more sets to break the record ... Monica Anderson leads the Phoenix in
kills with 168, while Lyndsay Zabkowicz is first on the team in kills
per set with 2.88. Both players rank in the top-10 in the conference in kills
per set, as Zabkowicz is ninth and Anderson (2.85) is eighth ... Leah Poel
leads Green Bay with 578 assists, averaging nearly 10 per set. Her 9.97 average
is good for fifth in the Horizon League, and she is also second in the
conference in double-doubles with 10 (Milwaukee's Kolinske has 13).
Green Bay head coach Debbie Kirch joined host Ryan Hartwig on Wednesday for a special game day edition
of Match Point. The two previewed the DePaul and Milwaukee matches, and also
recapped a busy weekend at the Kress Center that included two Horizon League
matches, the first ever Serve with the Phoenix and the Junior Phoenix Clinic.
To watch this week's show, click
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
Green Bay continues its
four-match road stretch next weekend, making a trip to Chicago for a pair of
Horizon League contests. The Phoenix first visits UIC on Friday at 7 p.m.
before taking on Loyola on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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