Four Volleyball Players Named D-I All-Independent; Mayne Named Co-Defensive Player of the Year
Nov. 28, 2005
GREELEY, Colo. - Four University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball players were named to the 2005 Division I All-Independent team and sophomore libero Abby Mayne was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year as announced on Monday.
Three Bears were first-team selections including senior setter Corrinne Chapin, senior outside hitter Amanda Wiggins and junior middle blocker Lizzy Rhoads. Mayne was named to the All-Independent second-team as well as being named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Northern Colorado was one of three teams to have multiple first-team selections, as Utah Valley State had four and South Dakota State had a pair.
The first-team selection was the second in a row for Chapin, who won Setter of the Year honors last season. She finished the year averaging 11.38 assists, 2.80 digs, 0.96 kills and 0.74 blocks/game. She led the team in assists for the second consecutive season while ranking third on the team in digs and blocks and sixth in kills. Three times during the year she narrowly missed recording a triple-double, as she had 11 kills, 47 assists and nine digs vs. Virginia Tech, 10 kills, 52 assists and eight digs (as well as a season-high six blocks) vs. Miami (Ohio) and 10 kills, 51 assists and nine digs vs. Florida Atlantic. Chapin had a season-high 60 assists against Utah Valley State and had 50-plus assists nine times during the season. She was named D-I Independent Setter of the Week on Sept. 20 & 27 during the season.
After suffering an injury and not being as effective offensively last season, Wiggins rebounded with an outstanding senior season. She led the team in kills/game (3.61), ranked second on the team in digs/game (3.59) and service aces (35) and was fifth in blocks/game (0.68). She was one of only two independent players to rank in the top-10 among independents in both kills and digs. She had a career-high 29 digs against Utah Valley State and had a season-high 22 kills in a win over North Dakota State.
Rhoads established herself as a blocking machine, finishing first among independent players in blocks/game (1.28) and second in total blocks (140). She was second on the Bears team in kills/game (2.90), hitting percentage (.239) and total points (395.5). She had a career-high 11 blocks in a win over Miami (Ohio) during the season and had 20 matches of four-plus blocks during the campaign.
Mayne split the Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors with Utah Valley State's Maegan Hoyt. She finished the season with 4.44 digs/game (480 total digs), which led the team and ranked fourth among independent players. She had a season-high 29 digs in a four-set win over Florida Atlantic, 28 digs against South Dakota State, 27 against Virginia Tech and 26 in only three sets against Texas-Pan American during the season. She was named to the All-Tournament team at both Montana State Classic and the D-I Independent Championships. She was named D-I Independent Defensive Player of the Week on both Sept. 13 and Oct. 11 of this season. Mayne had double-digit digs in 24 of 30 total matches during the season and had 20-plus digs in a match nine different times during the year.
Utah Valley State's Sam Atoa, who led his team to the D-I Independent Championship, was named Coach of the Year. Utah Valley's Lacee Koelliker won Setter of the Year Honors while Wolverine freshman Camie Manwill picked up Newcomer of the Year honors. IPFW's Fabiana Souza was named Offensive Player of the Year after finishing as the runner-up for that award a season ago.
The awards were voted on by member coaches and sports information directors. Member institutions include IPFW, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Providence, South Dakota State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley State.