October 26, 2004

Spikers Dispose of Big Sky Foe Weber State in Four Games

Oct. 26, 2004

Box Score

OGDEN, Utah - Senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh had 21 kills to move into seventh place on the NCAA career list as the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team improved to 3-0 against teams from the Big Sky Conference on the season, defeating Weber State 3-1 by scores of 30-25, 25-30, 30-26 and 30-22 on Tuesday night.

Deffenbaugh increased her career total to 2,364 passing Laura Hall (Indiana, Pa.) as is now 41 kills away from jumping into sixth place. She also played in her 461st consecutive set and moved into ninth place on that list in NCAA history. Her next milestone will be to move from third to first in NCAA history in career attempts, a record she will break in the next two or three matches.

The win over the Wildcats (4-21) was the third in as many tries against a team from the Big Sky Conference, as UNC has also defeated Montana (3-2) and Portland State (3-2) earlier this season.

The win was also the 14th win in a row for the Bears (18-7) on a Tuesday, a streak that dates back to the 2001 season (UNC is 6-0 on Tuesday in 2004). This was UNC's final match on a Tuesday this year meaning they'll take their streak into a fifth year next season.

"It was a gritty team effort tonight, we just had to dig down and find a way to win," UNC head coach Ron Alexander said after the match. "Amanda came off the bench and hit well for us and that was a big plus and Dani also came off the bench and had some timely blocks. Everyone on the team defense did a good job of bearing down and digging shots tonight.

"It was nice to beat another Big Sky team as well. We want to belong to such a classy conference as the Big Sky and it is nice to get the chance to play teams like Weber State and even nicer to get a win against them."

Amanda Wiggins had a season-high 11 kills while adding seven digs and hitting a season-high .429. Maggie Ledall had 12 kills and five blocks while Danelle Angus had nine kills and four blocks. Dani Veal had four kills and four blocks off the bench.

Deffenbaugh added 12 digs to record her 16th double-double of the season. She reached 20-plus kills for the 53rd time in 127 career matches.

UNC hit only .169 for the night, but a match-high .433 (16-3-30) in game No. 4.

The win gave UNC 18 on the season, marking the eight consecutive season the team has won 18 or more matches in a season and the 25th time in the last 26 years that UNC has reached that mark.

UNC is back in action tomorrow night in Orem, when they take on fellow Division I Independent Utah Valley State at 7 p.m. The meeting is the first of three between the teams this season; UNC won all three meetings a season ago. The match can be heard live on 1010 KSIR and free online at UNCBears.com.

Match Notes: UNC improved to 7-0 all-time against Weber State, although the matchup was the first between the teams since the 1981 season ... the Bears improved to 3-2 in matches played in the state of Utah over the past two years; they end their season with six matches in Orem on Nov. 11-13 at the Division I Independent Championships.