Erin Deffenbaugh - Volleyball Season Diary #5
Nov. 10, 2004
This is the fifth of a series of season diary installments of senior outside hitter Erin Deffenbaugh. Deffenbaugh was the 2002 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year as a junior, but suffered a knee injury that kept her out of the 2003 season. That may have been a blessing in disguise for her and the Bears team, who will face a full Division I schedule in 2004, arguably the toughest schedule the program has ever played. Deffenbaugh also has a chance to become the NCAA's all-time leader in career kills this season. She will share her thoughts with the readers of UNCBears.com to give some perspective into the season as she completes her outstanding career.
Diary #5 - Nov. 10th, 2004
This past Saturday night, November 6th, was Senior Night and a very emotional one for me. All day I anticipated going to the gym and once I did, the realization set in that I would warm-up and play only one more time on our home court. For Danelle, Maggie and I, playing in Butler was always an honor. We have been a part of a tremendous program that takes pride in what it represents.
After the presentation of our D-I Independent Championship rings from 2003, honoring our parents began. As I heard my name called and approached my parents, I could hardly hold in the tears. Was this night already here? I am truly blessed to have parents like mine, who have always believed in me and supported me.
As we took the court, I felt honored to be a Bear. The match was excellently played by our team and we ended up with a 3-0 victory over Utah Valley State, marking the second time we defeated them in two weeks. The gym was packed and the crowd was really into the match. I thank all of the UNC volleyball fans who attended for making my last match at Butler so wonderful! I will greatly miss playing on that familiar court.
After playing in Butler-Hancock for the last time, it is unreal to think that I am about to depart to play in the last tournament of my career here at UNC. What I am taking away from my five years as a member of the UNC volleyball team are many life lessons and amazing memories. As we travel to Utah Valley State to compete in the D-I Independent Championships, I feel confident that we can return number one.
Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, to the coaches, and to the fans! You are all amazing!