Volleyball Challenges Weber State and Utah Valley State to Cap Seven-Match Roadswing
Oct. 25, 2004
University of Northern Colorado Bears (17-8)
vs. Weber State University Wildcats (4-20)
Match #26 * Tuesday, October 26, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. MT
Ogden, Utah * Dee Events Center (11,500)
University of Northern Colorado Bears
vs. Utah Valley State College Wolverines (8-9)
Match #27 * Wednesday, October 27, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. MT
Orem, Utah * UVSC Activity Center (2,000)
The Series: UNC leads Weber State 6-0 all-time although the teams have not played since 1981. The Bears lead Utah Valley State 3-0 all-time, with all three meetings coming last season.
The Coaches: Ron Alexander is 80-13 (.860) in his third season as Northern Colorado's head coach (also his third season overall as a head coach).
Al Givens is 136-208 in his 12th season at Weber State and 288-345 in his 20th season overall. Sam Atoa is 156-55 in his sixth season at Utah Valley State.
Radio: Both matches this week can be heard on 1010 KSIR and free online at KSIR.com and UNCBears.com. KSIR's Pat O'Rourke will have the play-by-play.
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After getting back from their Wisconsin roadswing on Sunday, the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team goes right back to the road for matches in Utah on Tuesday and Wednesday. UNC challenges Big Sky foe Weber State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before heading to Orem to battle fellow Division I Independent Utah Valley State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The matches complete a seven-match road trip for UNC.
THE BEAR FACTS
Last week the Bears had swept two opponents in easy fashion and were on their way to their third 3-0 win of the week, as they led 2003 NCAA Tournament participant Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2-0 before losing the last three sets and falling 3-2. The loss after leading 2-0 marked only the second time in 242 matches that UNC had fell in that fashion.
But a new week brings new opportunites as the Bears will face off with Weber State for the first time since the 1981 season. The Wildcats are a member of the Big Sky Conference, a conference the Bears are hoping to join in the future. The meeting with Utah Valley will be the eighth matchup of the season with a D-I Independent, and start a stretch for the Bears who play their final eight matches of the season against D-I Independents. UNC and Utah Valley State also square off on Nov. 6 in Greeley. Senior Erin Deffenbaugh needs only six kills to move into seventh place in NCAA history in kills. She just moved into 10th place on the NCAA consecutive games played list (457).
Weber State: The Wildcats have had a difficult road this season and lost 20 matches overall but they have won two of their last four overall, including a 3-2 win over Utah Valley State and a 3-0 win over Northern Arizona. Last time out, they lost 3-2 to Montana, a team that UNC beat 3-2. Lindsay Harris had 17 kills and hit .538 in that match.
Utah Valley State: The Wolverines are 8-9 on the season and play BYU (a team that beat UNC 3-1 earlier this year) before hosting the Bears on Wednesday night. UVSC lost to Weber State in its last match but beat a pair of D-I Independents in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas-Pan American in their two matches prior to the Weber loss. Senior Deise Borghetti was the D-I Independent Player of the Week last week after registering 30 kills against UTPA.
Series History: UNC and Weber State have played six times previously but not since the 1981 season. The Bears have won all six meetings, including both played in Ogden. Two of the meetings were in Greeley and the other two were in Provo at BYU Tournaments. UNC beat Utah Valley State three times last year, sweeping them in Orem, winning 3-1 in Greeley and 3-1 in Fort Wayne at the Division I Independent Championships.
NORTHERN COLORADO NOTES
Angus Joins Top Five Block Assists Club: With six blocks assists against UW-Milwaukee, senior Danelle Angus increased her career block assists total to 276, which moved her past Cara Miller and into fifth place on the UNC career list. Angus needs 27 more to move past Stacey DeJong, who is now a volunteer assistant with the program, and into fourth place. Angus has 313 total career blocks, which is 28 away from fifth place on that list.
Ledall Approaching 1,000 Career Kills: Senior Maggie Ledall now has 915 career kills which puts her only 85 kills away from joining the 1000 kill club. She has nine matches left this season to accomplish that feat. If she does reach the mark, she'll become the 12th member of the elite group.
Bears Increase Win Streak on Tuesday's: With a 3-0 win over Metro State on Tuesday, Oct. 19, UNC won for the 13th consecutive time on a Tuesday, dating back to Oct. 16, 2001 when the Bears lost 3-1 at Nebraska-Omaha. UNC has never lost on a Tuesday during the Ron Alexander Era as head coach.
Deffenbaugh, Chapin and Mayne Earn D-I Independent Weekly Honors: On Oct. 19, three UNC players won D-I Independent Player of the Week honors, as Erin Deffenbaugh was awarded the Offensive Player of the Week, Corrinne Chapin won the Setter of the Week award and Abby Mayne was named the Newcomer of the Week. Deffenbaugh won the award for the fourth week during the season after averaging 4.83 kills, 0.58 aces, 3.25 digs and 0.17 blocks in UNC's three victories. Chapin won Setter of the Week honors for the fifth time in seven weeks after averaging 0.75 kills, 12.33 assists, 3.43 digs and 0.83 blocks. The freshman Mayne became the first Bear to earn Newcomer honors this season, after averaging 4.08 digs/game including a career-high 26 digs in a win over SDSU.
Deffenbaugh Enters NCAA Career Top 10 Consecutive Games Played List: By playing in all five sets against UW-Milwaukee (Oct. 23), Erin Deffenbaugh played in her 457th consecutive set, moving her into 10th place in NCAA history. She needs only two more sets this week to move up to ninth and will most likely end up fourth or fifth in NCAA history when the season is over. Roxanne Rivera of South Carolina-Aiken, holds the NCAA record with 571 consecutive games played.
One Home Match Remains: The Bears only have one home match left this season, on Nov. 6 when they host Utah Valley State for Senior Night. The trio of UNC seniors, Danelle Angus, Erin Deffenbaugh and Maggie Ledall, will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.
It Doesn't Happen Often, But It Did: On Oct. 23, the Bears led UW-Milwaukee 2-0 before allowing the Panthers to come back and beat them 3-2 (30-22, 30-24, 27-30, 27-30, 5-15), marking only the second time in their last 242 matches that had happen. It also happened last year when the Bears led Cal State-San Bernardino 2-0 (Sept. 6) at the Premier Challenge before eventualy falling 3-2 (30-27, 30-15, 27-30, 30-32, 11-15). Before that instance you have to go back to Sept. 19, 1997 when the Bears had led 2-0 and lost the match (vs. Minnesota State, 15-13, 15-4, 8-15, 3-15, 11-15).
Tops Among D-I Independents: The Bears have won four of their last five matches against fellow Division I Independents, and play eight of their final nine matches this season against D-I Independents. On the year the Bears are 6-1 against D-I Independents, tops among the group. The Bears 17-8 overall record is also tops among all Independents, although they share that mark with IPFW.
Deffenbaugh `Digs' Her Way to No. 2 in School History: Erin Deffenbaugh recorded 16 digs against South Dakota State (Oct. 13) to pass former teammate Teale Goble and move into second place in school history for career digs (she now has 1,684 digs). She would need over 500 more for first place, so she will finish No. 2 in school history. Goble, who played at UNC from 1999-02, was there in attendance to see the performance.
Ledall Hitting Lights Out: Senior tri-captain Maggie Ledall had an outstanding year hitting the ball in 2003, setting the school single-season record for hitting percentage at .413 (326-75-608), shattering the previous season record of .339 which had stood for 16 years. Ledall also set the single-match record when she hit .857 (12-0-14) in a win over Shippensburg (Sept. 12). And she has been almost unstoppable recently, hitting .500 or better in her last four matches and in 10 of her last 15 matches (including .706 versus both UMKC and North Dakota State and .889 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). Ledall currently has a career hitting percentage of .334 (915-264-1950), which, if the season ended today, would be the new record, breaking the mark of .327 set by Julie Colville (1986-87). As of last week, Ledall ranked 22nd in the country in hitting percentage (.389) but has since increased her season total to .401, which should put her near the top 10 nationally when the new numbers are released on Tuesday.
Colorado Success: The Bears volleyball team has had tremendous success in matches played in the state of Colorado and against teams from the state of Colorado. UNC has won 16 consecutive matches against teams from the state of Colorado, last losing to Colorado Christian (3-2) on Sept. 18, 2001. Overall, the Bears have won 40 of the last 41 matches they've played in the state of Colorado (against all opponents), only dropping a 3-2 match to CS-San Bernardino on Sept. 6, 2003 at the Premier Challenge in Denver.
Deffenbaugh Up to No. 8 in NCAA Career Kills: With a kill in game two against North Dakota State (Oct. 8), senior Erin Deffenbaugh officially entered the NCAA All-Time Top 10 kills list, passing Mesa State's Amy Miller (2,228). She now has 2,343 kills and has moved up to No. 8 on the career list and needs 334 to break the NCAA Division II career mark (a category she is "grandfathered" into because she played her first three years at the D-II level), a mark that will be difficult to reach with only nine matches remaining. Deffenbaugh, the UNC all-time leader in kills, is chasing down Pavla Melicharova of Northwood, who had 2,676 kills from 1993-96 (448 total games). She has has a chance at the career kills/game record, career attempts record (she needs only 259 to break the record and career attempts/game records. She needs six kills to move into seventh place all-time, a mark she will get this week.
How Sweep It Is: Over the past three seasons, the Bears have won 53 matches in 3-0 fashion (including 25 of their 32 total victories during the 2003 season, which was a school record, and 10 times in 2004). On the other hand, opponents have a very hard time of sweeping Northern Colorado, as the Bears have been swept only three times in the Ron Alexander Era (Oct. 3, 2002 at Augustana, Sept. 18, 2004 at Utah and Sept. 29, 2004 at Wichita State).
Home Sweet Home: The Bears have been nearly unbeatable at home, posting a 258-48 (.843) record at home since the building opened in 1976. The Bears currently have a 28-match winning streak at home, last losing to North Dakota State by a 3-2 margin on Nov. 2, 2001. UNC was a perfect 12-0 at home in 2002 (and established four of the top five crowds in program history), were 8-0 last season and are 7-0 this year. The Bears are 47-3 at home since the beginning of the 1999 season (the 2000 season was played at the Student Rec Center and not included in those totals). The program record for home wins in a row is 33 set from 1985-87. The UNC volleyball team played its 300th match in Butler-Hancock Hall on Sept. 7, defeating the Wyoming Cowgirls 3-0 in front of 914 fans. The win over the Cowgirls has also sweet, as the two teams had not played each other in 21 years and UW had won six-in-a-row in the series.
Deffenbaugh Passes Goble to Becomes Program's All-Time Leading Attacker: With 53 attempts against Portland State (Sept. 11), Erin Deffenbaugh became the all-time leading attacker in UNC history, breaking the record previously held by Teale Goble (5,137). The record not only put her into the the UNC record books, but moved her ahead of Goble and into the NCAA all-time Top 10. She now ranks No. 3 in NCAA history with 5,965 attempts and should be No. 1 in the next few weeks. She needs 127 more attempts this season to become the NCAA's all-time leader.
Best Two-Year Stretch in School History: Over the past two seasons (2002-03), the UNC team has put together the best two-year stretch in school history, compiling a 63-5 (.926) record under head coach Ron Alexander. Counting the record from 2002-04, the Bears are currently 80-13 (.860) in the past three seasons. What is the best three-year stretch in school history? A .865 winning percentage (96-15) set by the 1993, 1994 and 1995 teams.
Mayne Nets 26 Digs; Team Gets 106: Freshman Abby Mayne put on a show to remember against South Dakota State (10/13) at Butler-Hancock Hall. The libero had a career-high 26 digs to help the Bears to a 3-2 win over SDSU. The 26 digs were the most since Kristi Krom had 29 against Utah Valley State in 2003 and Teale Goble had 30 against SDSU in 2002. In that match the Bears recorded a season-high 106 digs, the most since recording 123 digs against the same Jackrabbits squad on Nov. 1, 2002.
Back-to-Back Five Setters at Home: When UNC was forced to a fifth set against South Dakota State (10/13) after having played five sets against Air Force (10/5), it was the first time in four years the team had to play back-to-back five setters at home. Before this season it had been Sept. 29 & 30, 2000 when the Bears lost to Augustana and beat South Dakota State that they had played back-to-back five set matches at home.
Falcons Extend Bears at Home: Air Force was able to extend UNC to five sets at home on Oct. 5, marking the first-time in 17 matches the Bears had to play five sets in a home match. They had not gone five sets since a 3-2 win over South Dakota State on Nov. 1, 2002.
Bears Drop Set No. 1 at Home: South Dakota State took game No. 1 from UNC on Oct. 13, marking the first time since Nov. 2, 2002 that the Bears had dropped the opening set in a home match, a string of 17 matches (last versus Augustana - UNC went on to win that match 3-1). But the Bears were able to regroup and eventually win by a 3-2 margin.
Deffenbaugh and Chapin Win D-I Awards Once Again: On Oct. 12, Erin Deffenbaugh was named Division I Independent Player of the Week for the third time this season and Corrinne Chapin earned Setter of the Week honors for the fourth time. Deffenbaugh averaged 5.17 kills, 3.00 digs, 0.25 aces, 0.33 blocks and hit .284 in three UNC wins while Chapin averaged 13.25 assists, 1.00 kills, .50 aces, 3.42 digs and 0.75 blocks.
Chapin Named UNC Female Student-Athlete of the Month for September: Junior setter Corrinne Chapin was named UNC Female Student-Athlete of the Month for September after having an excellent month on the court. She was named Division I Independent Setter of the Week three of the four weeks in September as she helped lead the UNC team to a 10-6 record during the month. Chapin averaged 12.52 assists, 0.52 kills, 2.25 digs and 0.77 blocks per game and earned All-Tournament honors at the Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic, where she averaged over 15 assists per game in three matches. During the month, she had eight double-doubles and notched a career-high 63 assists in the season-opener at New Mexico. In six matches this year she has had 50 or more assists and twice she has recorded 14 digs in a match, and twice she has recorded five total blocks in a contest. Football's Ryan Palmer was the male award winner.
Deffenbaugh and Chapin Earn D-I Independent Honors Again: On Sept. 28, Erin Deffenbaugh was named Division I Independent Player of the Week for the second time this season and Corrinne Chapin earned Setter of the Week honors for the third time in four weeks. Deffenbaugh (who was also named Player of the Week on Sept. 7) earned MVP honors at the Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic after averaging 5.3 kills and 3.6 digs/game in three matches in the tournament as the Bears beat a pair of D-I Independents in Texas-Pan American (3-0) and North Dakota State (3-0) and 2003 NCAA Tournament team Robert Morris (3-1). For the week overall, in four matches Deffenbaugh averaged 5.69 kills, 4.31 digs, 0.23 blocks and hit .330. She had 21 kills and 20 digs in a 3-0 win over Metro State on Tuesday and capped the week with 23 kills and 18 digs in the Championship Match victory over Robert Morris. In the process she moved into 10th place in NCAA history in career kills. Chapin also earned All-Tournament team honors at the Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic after averaging over 15 assists/game. For the four-match week, Chapin averaged 15.08 assists/game, 3.15 digs/game, 0.54 kills/game and 0.62 blocks/game. She had 61 total assists (the second-highest total of her career) in the Championship Match win over Robert Morris where she also added four kills and two block assists. She helped the team hit .313 overall for the week.
Bears Claim Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic Title: UNC hosted its first in-season tournament in 11 years on Sept. 24-25 and claimed the title at the Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic, sweeping by Texas-Pan American and North Dakota State and beating 2003 NCAA Tournament team Robert Morris 3-1. The tournament was the first since hosting the Northern Premier (1991-93); UNC now holds a 13-2 record, three titles and an 11-match winning streak in tournaments it has hosted.
Deffenbaugh Earns MVP Award; Two Others Named to All-Tournament Team: After the Bears claimed the title at the Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic, senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh was named Tournament MVP after averaging 5.30 kills and 3.60 digs/game and hitting .352. It marked the second time this season she has been the MVP of a Tournament (she was also at the Lobo Invite) and the seventh time in a row she has been named to the All-Tournament team at an event she has played at and a team has been announced. Senior Maggie Ledall also made the team after hitting above .500 in all three matches and averaging 4.20 kills and 1.90 digs/game. Junior Corrinne Chapin was the third member of the team as she averaged 15.00 assists and 2.90 digs/game while helping the UNC offense hit .328 for the tournament.
Volleyball Bears Eligible for Posteason in 2006, a Year Earlier Than Expected: The NCAA Membership Subcommittee has approved a request by the University of Northern Colorado Athletic Department for reclassification of UNC's women's volleyball and men's wrestling to Division I status. The effect is that stud ent-athletes in the two sports will be eligible for the Division I championships during the 2006-07 academic year. NCAA legislation allows a member school to have one male and one female sport, excluding football and men's and women's basketball, classified in a division other than that in which it currently is a member. The UNC Bears are in the third year of a five-year, NCAA-mandated transition process from Division II to Division I. "The volleyball program feels extremely honored to be chosen for this exemption," Alexander said. "Every program at UNC has student-athletes and coaches that work very hard and are also battling the challenges associated with the transition to Division I, and any of them could have been chosen for the early eligibility. We will work very diligently to represent our department well given this opportunity." South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University, both in their second year of reclassifying to NCAA Division I, also selected wrestling and volleyball.
UNC Suffers First 3-0 Sweep in Two Years, Winless Weekend in Three Years: The weekend of Sept. 17-18 was not very kind for the Bears, who went winless in a weekend for the first-time since Sept. 21-22, 2001 when they fell to Augustana and South Dakota State. The 3-0 loss to Utah was the team's first since falling 3-0 to Augustana on Oct. 32, 2002, a stretch of 59 matches.
School Record 26-Match Winning Streak Ends: The 3-2 loss to New Mexico on Sept. 3 did not only end the Bears road winning streak, it also ended its 26-match overall winning streak. Entering this season the Bears had not lost since Sept. 6, 2003 when they fell 3-2 to CS-San Bernardino.
Neutral Court Winning Streak Ends: With a 3-1 loss to Oregon on Sept. 10 at the Viking Volleyball Showcase in Portland, the Bears saw their 14-match winning streak on neutral courts come to an end; they hadn't lost a neutral site match since Sept. 6, 2003 when they fell to CS-San Bernardino in Denver. Earlier this season with a 3-2 loss to New Mexico on Sept. 3, the Bears saw their school-record 16-match winning streak on opponent's home courts come to an end (they hadn't lost before that since Oct. 3, 2002 at Augustana and were a perfect 9-0 on the road in `03). UNC is 27-6 (.818) at neutral sites in the Ron Alexander era and 26-7 (.788) under Alexander in road contests.
Wiggins Makes Return: Junior Amanda Wiggins suffered a torn abdominal muscle against New Mexico (Sept. 3) and missed the next six matches for the Bears. She made her return on Sept. 14 at Air Force, recording seven kills, including sparking the Bears in game number two with four kills.
Deffenbaugh Record Lows in Kills/Hitting: As amazing as her career has been, it is remarkable that it took senior Erin Deffenbaugh 111 career matches before having a negative attack percentage. That is what happened to the All-American on Sept. 18 at Utah, where the big and physical Utes were able to stop her, holding her to a career-low five kills and a -.030 hitting percentage. But she made sure that feat did not repeat itself, as in her next match she recorded 21 kills and 20 digs in a 3-0 victory over Metro State (9/21).
Deffenbaugh Named to Viking Volleyball Showcase All-Tournament Team: Senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh made it 6-for-6 in tournament honors, as she was named to the All-Tournament team at the Viking Volleyball Showcase after averaging 3.50 kills, 2.36 digs and 0.71 blocks/game in three matches as UNC compiled a 1-2 record.
Deffenbaugh and Chapin Earn D-I Independent Honors: Erin Deffenbaugh and Corrinne Chapin earned Division I Independent Player of the Week honors on Sept. 7 after having outstanding weeks at the Lobo Invitational. Deffenbaugh averaged 4.79 kills, 2.29 digs and hit .277 to earn Player of the Week honors while Chapin averaged 12.0 assists, 1.71 digs, 0.50 kills and 0.57 blocks per game to earn Setter of the Week honors.
Chapin Repeats as D-I Independent Setter of the Week: Junior setter Corrinne Chapin won her second consecutive Division I Independent Setter of the Week honor on Sept. 14 after she averaged 0.76 kills, 12.24 assists, 0.41 service aces, 2.35 digs and 0.88 blocks as the Bears defeated rival Wyoming (3-0) and Portland State (3-2) and lost matches to undefeated Oregon (3-1) and Gonzaga (3-2). Chapin had 57 assists in UNC's win over Portland State, to go along with 12 digs and four blocks. She has had three straight matches of 53 plus assists and 10 plus digs and has four double-doubles on the year.
Deffenbaugh Named Comcast Lobo Invitational MVP; Bears Claim Second Place: It did not take long for senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh to show the volleyball world that she was back at 100 percent. In her first weekend back after sitting out the 2003 season with an injury, Deffenbaugh recorded 67 kills (4.79/game), had 2.29 digs/game and hit .277 on her way to earning Tournament MVP honors at the Comcast Lobo Invitational. She helped lead the Bears to a 2-1 overall record and second-place finish at the event, as UNC defeated Creighton (3-1) and Montana (3-2) after losing to New Mexico (3-2) on the first day. The Bluejays won the points for/against ratio tiebreaker as they were +24 in points ratio (thanks to a 30-12 slaughtering of the Lobos in the final game of the final match) while the Bears were +16.
Division I Independent Preseason Favorites: In a preseason vote of coaches and sports information directors, the UNC volleyball team received 12 of a possible 14 first-place votes and was picked as the 2004 Division I Independent favorite. The vote was unanimous in favor as UNC when you consider that coaches and SID's were unable to vote for their own team. The Bears won last year's championship by going a perfect 4-0 at the event held in Fort Wayne, Ind. IPFW, the 2002 D-I Independent Champions, received the other two first-place votes and was picked second; the Mastodons return five starters from last year's team. They were follwed by Texas-Pan American who returns 12 letterwinners and five starters from a 19-15 squad of a season ago. UTPA narrowly edged first-year Division I program North Dakota State who was 25-9 and made the NCAA Tournament in their final year of Division II play in 2003. Utah Valley State was picked fifth overall and return four starters from last year's first-year Division I squad that was 10-14. Another first-year Division I program, South Dakota State, was picked sixth while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was picked seventh. The 2004 Division I Independent Championship will be held Nov. 11-13 on the campus of Utah Valley State in Orem, Utah.
Bears Win AVCA Team Academic Award: The UNC volleyball team was one of a record-number 304 volleyball teams to receive the 2003-04 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award as announced at the beginning of August. The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors both college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year. The record 304 teams who earned the award bested the previous record of 205 squads that was set during the 2002-03 season, a 48.3 percent increase. During the 2003-04 school year, Northern Colorado achieved a 3.446 cumulative G.P.A. The team also compiled a 32-2 record and won the Division I Independent Championship during the season.
The Move to Division I: The 2004-05 sports season marks year No. 2 in the "reclassification" process to Division I for the Bears. On May 10, 2002 the UNC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a move for the UNC intercollegiate athletics program to NCAA Division I. The 2002-03 sports year marked the last season for the Bears in the North Central Conference and the NCAA Division II level and was an "exploratory" year in the move. Last year (2003-04) was the first season of the four-year reclassification period before the program officially becomes a Division I school in 2007-08. Over the next two years, UNC will be unable to compete in NCAA postseason competition, but the volleyball and wrestling teams will be eligible for postseason play begining of 2006-07 (due to an NCAA ruling); all other programs will be eligible in 2007-08. Northern Colorado will be competiting as an independent during the 2004-05 school year and will look to find conference affiliation before the end of the reclassification period.
A Sister Thing: Sisters Maggie and Terin Ledall are the seventh set of sisters to play volleyball at UNC and sixth set to play at the same time. They are the first set of sisters to play together since Meg and Vicki Pruett back in the 1989 and 1990 seasons. In all, eight sets have played at UNC volleyball at one time or another, and that became true when Lenay Goble joined the freshman class this season (her sister Teale had previously been an All-American standout for the Bears).
Head of the Class: Not only does UNC recruit talented players but also talented students. The women's volleyball cumulative GPA is always among the top teams in the athletic department and three individuals (Lenay Goble, Jill Peotter and Dulcie Stone) were valedictorians of their senior class.
A Basketball Connection: As many prep athletes do, the current group of UNC volleyball players excelled in more than one sport in high school. Eleven current Bears were members of their high school basketball team including freshman Dani Veal who will put on a basketball uniform and suit up for Coach Ron Vlasin's UNC squad once volleyball season is over. Another pair of newcomers, Callie Vrooman and Lenay Goble were each all-state basketball selections last year as Goble led her team to a 25-0 record and Class A state championship while earning all-state and tournament MVP honors; Goble's prep volleyball squad finished as state runners-up. Vrooman (who is sitting out this year with an injury) was the 3A state volleyball Player of the Year at Platte Valley and MVP of the state tournament as her team won it all. She then turned around and helped her team to the 3A state basketball championship, scoring 15 points in the title game.
It's All One Big Happy Family: Seven current Bears volleyball players have a relation to someone now or in the past that have played for the UNC Athletics Program. (1) Maggie and (2) Terin Ledall, current members of the team, are sisters. (3) Sophomore Meredith Klein's mother was an All-American volleyball player at UNC (1978-81). (4) Sophomore Lizzy Rhoads father played basketball for the Bears from 1968-71. (5) Redshirt freshman Dulcie Stone's father played basketball (1971-74) for the Bears as did her uncle Don (1968-71); Here uncle Dale was a UNC football player (1974-77). (6) Freshman Lenay Goble's sister Teale was an All-American outside hitter for UNC (1999-02). (7) Freshman Dani Veal's uncles Dennis (1984-86) and Darren (1991-93) both wrestled while at Northern Colorado. An eighth player has a similar connection. Freshman Abby Mayne's father did not play athletics at UNC, but he is currently the UNC Band Director, giving him a close association with the UNC athletics programs.
Vrooman, Peotter Out for the Season: Freshman middle blocker Callie Vrooman will miss the 2004 season with an injury she sustained over the summer. Vrooman will redshirt this year and have four years of eligibility remaining starting in 2005. Sophomore Jill Peotter had foot surgery in the off season and is also sitting out this year. They join freshman Lenay Goble, who although not injured, is sitting out this year in order to prepare for the next four years.
Division I Independents: This season, eight NCAA Division I Independent women's volleyball teams have joined forces to award Player of the Week awards. The teams are IPFW, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Providence, South Dakota State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley State. Awards and statistics will be released on each Tuesday of the season. An index of award winners and other information on D-I Independent volleyball can be found at: http://uncbears.collegesports.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/081604aae.html.
1010 KSIR - Home of UNC Volleyball: This season you can tune in 1010 KSIR to hear 26 of Northern Colorado's 34 volleyball matches. KSIR is the newest affiliate on the Bears Radio Network and will also stream all of the braodcasts free of charge on their website at http://www.ksir.com (a link can also be found through UNCBears.com at the bottom of the main page under "Events"). KSIR's Pat O'Rourke will call the play-by-play on most matches. For a full up-to-date schedule of matches to be broadcast, log onto UNCBears.com.
Deffenbaugh Online Season Diary: During the season you can read weekly diary installments from senior outside hitter Erin Deffenbaugh at UNCBears.com. Erin will share her thoughts and feelings about the season. Simply log on and look for the graphic located on the front page.
Blue & Gold Luncheon: Every Monday during the season, Coach Ron Alexander and all in-season sport coaches will appear at the Blue & Gold Luncheon held at Old Chicago (2349 W. 29th Street) at Noon. The public is invited and can hear all about the happenings in Northern Colorado Athletics and get a great lunch for only $7. The first luncheon was Aug. 30 and after a break on Sept. 6 because of Labor Day but the luncheons resume on Sept. 13 and run through the remainder of the semester.
UNC Coaches Radio Show: The Coors Light UNC Coaches Radio Show will can be heard weekly on the Bears Radio Network (Newstalk 1310 KFKA and KSIR 1010) beginning on Aug. 31 and running through the rest of the season. All the fall sport coaches can be heard during the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. hour with the first half of the show being devoted to the Bears football program and the rest being split among soccer, volleyball and cross country. The show is broadcast live from the State Armory (614 8th Ave.) in downtown Greeley. KFKA's Troy Coverdale serves as host of the show. The broadcast can also be heard free online at http://www.1310kfka.com.