Deffenbaugh Named D-I Independent Player of the Year, Chapin Earns Setter of the Year Honors
Nov. 23, 2004
GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado senior All-American volleyball player Erin Deffenbaugh was named the Division I Independent Offensive Player of the Year and junior setter Corrinne Chapin earned Setter of the Year honors on Tuesday when the annual teams were released. In all, the Bears had three first team selections (Chapin, Deffenbaugh and Maggie Ledall), one second team choice (Danelle Angus) and an honorable mention selection (Terin Ledall) on the team.
Deffenbaugh capped her outstanding career by earning the Player of the Year honor. After sitting out with an injury last season, she returned this season to her old form and helped Northern Colorado to a 25-9 overall record, 13-2 mark against Division I Independents and a three-way tie at the D-I Independent Championships (the Bears lost the title on a tiebreaker). This marks the second time in as many opportunities that she has been her "conference" Player of the Year, as in her last full season of competition in 2002, she was the North Central Conference Player of the Year and was the AVCA National Player of the Year and an All-American (UNC student-athletes are not eligible for AVCA All-American honors this season as they are in the middle of their reclassification process to Division I).
This season, Deffenbaugh was a five-time D-I Independent Player of the Week and was named to the All-Tournament team at the D-I Independent Championships. During the season she became the NCAA's all-time leader in career attempts (6,465) and finished her career ranked No. 3 all-time in career kills (2,529). She led the UNC team in both kills (4.74/game) and digs (3.21/game) during the season. She averaged 5.18 kills and 3.53 digs and hit .283 in 15 matches against D-I Independents and had a season-high 27 kills in four games against Utah Valley State at D-I Independent Championships. Overall, she had 25 kills in three other matches, recorded 20-plus kills in 14 matches and hit .300 or better in 12 matches including a season-high .525 in a 3-0 win over Utah Valley State on Northern Colorado's Senior Night (when she had 22 kills in just three games). Deffenbaugh had three 20 kill/20 digs matches during the season including 24 kills and 21 digs in 3-2 win at Utah Valley State and 23 matches of 10-plus digs. She was named the MVP of both Comcast Lobo Invite and Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic and also to the All-Tournament team at the Portland State Volleyball Showcase. Her 23 double-doubles led the team while her 621 kills were the fourth most single-season total in school history and her 1,675 attacks were the second most (trailing only her mark from 2002). She finished her career with a 100-35 team record in four years, 131 double-figure kill matches, 57 20-plus kill matches and 102 career double-doubles while playing and starting in every set (493) of every match (135) of her career. She was also named to D-I Independent All-Academic team and CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team.
Chapin dominated the Setter of the Week voting during the season, winning the award five times during her first-year as a starter in 2004, on her way to the Setter of the Year honors. She averaged 13.53 assists, 0.75 kills, 3.33 digs and 0.60 blocks/game in 15 matches against D-I Independents while her 1,683 assists (12.85/game) were the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. Chapin had 18 matches with 50+ assists and seven matches with 60+ assists during the season including a career-high 68 against South Dakota State at the D-I Independent Championships (she also had a career-high 23 digs in that match). She was second on the team with 19 double-doubles and had three matches with 20+ digs this season. She also earned all-tournament team honors at the Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic.
Deffenbaugh and Chapin were also both first team All-Independent selections along with senior right side hitter Maggie Ledall. Ledall led the team and ranked 14th in the country in hitting percentage (.395). She finished her career with a .338 hitting percentage, which was the highest career total in school history. She also owns school record for hitting percentage in a match (.857) and a season (.413 in 2003). Ledall joined the UNC 1,000 kills club during her last match of the season and finished with 1,011 kills, becoming only the 12th player in school history to reach that mark. She was named to All-Tournament team at D-I Independent Championships and also at the Best Western Regency Northern Colorado Classic and had 12 matches during the season where she hit .500 or better including .706 (13-1-17) against North Dakota State and .889 (8-0-9) and .700 (8-1-10) in matches against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She was also an All-Independent first team selection last season.
The Bears lone second team choice was senior middle blocker Danelle Angus. Angus ranked second on team (and also among D-I Independents) in hitting percentage (.306) and was first on the team in total blocks, third in aces and fourth in kills. She averaged 2.89 kills, 0.85 blocks/game and hit .290 in 15 matches against D-I Independents. She also had 17 matches of 10-plus kills during the year including a season-high 18 against South Dakota State at the D-I Independent Championships. Angus also had eight matches of five-plus blocks during the season including a career-high eight at South Dakota State.
Sophomore outside hitter Terin Ledall was an honorable mention choice. She averaged 2.81 kills and 3.02 digs per game.
Texas-Pan American's Carol Marcengo was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while South Dakota State freshman Kristina Martin was named Newcomer of the Year. IPFW's head coach Kelley Hartley Hutton was named Coach of the Year after leading her team to a 24-10 record and the Division I Independent Championships title.