By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Green
Bay volleyball seniors Brittany Groth
(Oak Creek, Wis.) and Carmen Leitermann
(Schofield, Wis.) were both selected as members of the
2012 All-Horizon League Team, the conference office announced on Monday after a
voting by the league's coaches. It marks the second straight
year that Groth has earned all-league honors, while Leitermann was named to
the all-conference squad for the first time in her career.
"Brittany and Carmen continue to leave their mark on
this program, on the school record book and the Horizon League," Green Bay head
coach Debbie Kirch said. "I'm really
proud of how far they have come as players throughout their careers. Brittany
has established herself as one of the best defensive players not only in the
Horizon League, but in the country. Carmen has proven to be one of the top
middles, both offensively and defensively. They have had great careers so far,
but they still have a lot of volleyball left and one more goal they have yet to
achieve - a Horizon League championship."
became Green Bay's all-time digs leader, registering 49 in two matches over
the weekend to push her career total to 1,836. The number moved her past Megan
Elfering, who had 1,789 digs for the Phoenix from 2005-08. In addition, Groth
increased her season digs total to 665, besting
her own single-season record of 659 in 2011. For her record-breaking
weekend, Groth was awarded
Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time this
season and sixth time in her career.
Groth leads the Horizon League in digs per set with
6.27, a figure that ranks third among all NCAA Division I players. She is one
of just five players averaging more than six per set. In addition, her current average
would shatter her own single-season school record of 5.78, which she set in
2011. Groth also etched her name in the Phoenix record books on Aug. 25 when
29 digs against Auburn, breaking the school standard for a three-set match.
Leitermann is second on the Phoenix in both kills
(292) and blocks (98), and ranks fifth in the Horizon League in hitting
percentage (.284) and is eighth in blocks per set (0.92). Her all-league
caliber season has helped the senior move into the top-10 on several of Green
Bay's career lists, as she is currently first in solo blocks (102), second in
hitting percentage (.258), fourth in kills (995), sixth in total blocks (371),
seventh in sets played (430) and eighth in block assists (269).
blocks record, previously held by Marie Kaland Nicol (97, 1992-95), was the
longest-standing career mark in the Phoenix record books. On the offensive end,
the senior needs five more kills to reach 1,000 for her career and become just
the fourth player in school history to reach that plateau.
Groth and Leitermann have helped their team to the top
of the Horizon League in a pair of defensive statistical categories, as the Phoenix
leads the conference in digs per set (18.58) and blocks per set (2.35). Green
Bay's digs per set average is also good for sixth in the NCAA.
The two all-conference selections represent the second
time in as many years that the Phoenix has landed two on the All-Horizon League
Team, as Groth and Abbey Gitter were recognized in 2011.
Green Bay (15-13, 6-8 HL) begins Horizon League
tournament play this Friday when the fifth-seeded Phoenix takes on
fourth-seeded Loyola at 4 p.m. CT in Cleveland, Ohio. Green Bay split its
matches with the Ramblers this season, falling
3-2 in Chicago on Oct. 6 and winning
3-0 at the Kress Center on Nov. 2.
Cleveland State senior Kara Koch was picked as the
2012 Horizon League Player of the Year, while Valparaiso's Taylor Root earned
Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the third straight season. Loyola's
Anna Eytchison picked up Newcomer of the Year recognition, while Cleveland
State's Chuck Voss was named Coach of the Year.
Kara Koch, Cleveland State (Sr., OH)
Janise Dismuke, UIC (Sr., MH)
Anna Eytchison, Loyola (Sr., OH)
Taylor Root, Valparaiso (Sr., LIB)
Marie Frease, Cleveland State (Sr., MH)
Missy Hundelt, Youngstown State (Jr., OH)
Ellen Vanden Berg, Valparaiso (Jr., MH)
MaryKate Imrie, UIC (Jr., S)
Brittany Groth, Green Bay (Sr., LIB)
Rachel Neuberger, Milwaukee (Jr., MB)
Carmen Leitermann, Green Bay (Sr., MB)
Aubrey Sniegowski, UIC (Sr., OH)
Morgan Beil, Valparaiso (So., MH/RS)
Amanda Medvetz, Cleveland State (Sr., DS)
Anna Eytchison, Loyola (OH)
Dayna Roberts, Cleveland State (S)
Brittany Brown, Loyola (S/RS)
Kelsey Berrington, Valparaiso (S)
Stephanie Kinane, Loyola (DS/LIB)
Marisa Aiello, Wright State (MB)
Kathleen Vogel, Loyola (OH)
the Year: Kara Koch, Cleveland State
Player of the Year: Taylor Root,
the Year: Anna Eytchison, Loyola
Coach of the
Year: Chuck Voss, Cleveland State
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