Deffenbaugh's 20/20 Match Leads Volleyball to Five-Set Win Over Utah Valley State
Oct. 27, 2004
OREM, Utah - Senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh had her second 20/20 match of the season, registering 24 kills and 21 digs and also moved into second place in NCAA history in career attempts (6,066) as the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team defeated fellow Division I Independent Utah Valley State 3-2 by scores of 30-20, 27-30, 30-22, 23-30 and 15-8 on Wednesday night.
With the win, UNC (19-8) improved to 7-1 against D-I Independents this season, 5-3 in five-game matches and won for the first time in a fifth set on an opponent's court. The Bears have now won 14 of their last 17 matches overall and finished their seven-match roadswing with a 6-1 overall record.
Deffenbaugh's 24 kills led all players as she increased her career total to 2,388, 17 away from moving into sixth place in NCAA history. Her 77 attempts tied a career-high and moved her past Alma Brahimaj (6,057) and into sole possession of second place. She needs only five attempts in her next match (Nov. 6 at home) to set the NCAA all-time record.
The meeting was the first of three between the teams this year and fourth all-time; UNC improved to a perfect 4-0 against the Wolverines (8-11) in those matches.
"Utah Valley played some very good volleyball tonight, they were a very worthy opponent," UNC head coach Ron Alexander said after the match. "Tonight it was two very solid teams battling toe-to-toe for two hours. It just came down to what team was the most resiliant, and I thought tonight that we never let our errors bother us. We had a lapse in game four but we put that behind us and just kept coming at them all night. I thought it was one of the best matches we have played all year, it was just a solid effort."
After winning game one by 10 points, the Bears allowed Utah Valley to get back into the contest by committing eight errors and hitting only .188 in game number two. But it was also Deise Borghetti who got her team back into the contest, registering 11 of her 16 kills during the match in that second game.
But the Bears responded as they have done all season and won game three 30-22 before the Wolverines won game four by three points, forcing a decisive game five.
In the decisive set, sophomore Terin Ledall was key, registering some timely kills, as did her sister Maggie, who had 14 kills on the night and hit .481 (14-1-27). A few keys blocks also helped the Bears, as UNC did not commit and error in the final set on their way to the match victory.
Danelle Angus was the third Bear in double-figure kills, registering 11 to go along with four blocks. Freshman Dani Veal, who had a key block in the fifth set, set a career-high with seven blocks as she also added nine kills and hit .471 (9-1-17). Amanda Wiggins added nine kills and 10 digs.
Setter Corrinne Chapin registered 60 assists, marking the sixth time this season she had 60-plus assists in a match, while also adding 16 digs, three kills and three blocks to net her 14th double-double of the year (which is second on the team behind Deffenbaugh's 17).
Alina Wallauer's 19 kills led Utah Valley State, as she also added 17 digs. Maegan Hoyt had a match-high 33 digs, as UVSC had 92 team digs, two fewer than the Bears 94 digs on the night.
UNC will not play again for 10 days, when they host Utah Valley State on Nov. 6 at Butler-Hancock Hall. The two teams will also play on Nov. 13 at the Division I Independent Championships, held on Utah Valley State's campus. The Nov. 6 matchup will be Senior Night for the Bears, as the program's three seniors (Angus, Deffenbaugh and Ledall) will play their final home match; they will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.
Match Notes: UNC improved to 2-1 on Wednesday's this season and 9-6 in road contests ... the Bears have won six of their last seven matches on their opponents home court ... with a win in their home finale, the team will reach 20 wins for the 22nd time in school history (in 29 total seasons) ... the five-set match was the fourth for UNC in their last 11 matches overall ... Deffenbaugh played in her 466th consecutive game, only one away from eighth place on the NCAA career list ... UNC finished the month of October with a 9-2 record ... UNC's 19 wins this season are the most among all D-I Independents, as are their seven wins against D-I Independents.