Volleyball's Deffenbaugh Named First-Team Academic All-American
Dec. 2, 2004
GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado senior outside hitter Erin Deffenbaugh concluded her outstanding career by being named to the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America University Division Women's Volleyball team as selected by CoSIDA on Thursday.
Deffenbaugh, who has a 3.83 grade point average in Interdisciplinary Language Arts (IDLA), becomes the ninth Northern Colorado volleyball player to be named Academic All-America since the program's inception in 1952 (the volleyball awards began in the 1980's) and third in as many years (Teale Goble in 2002 and Kristi Krom in 2003 were each second team selections).
She is the 46th Northern Colorado student-athlete to earn the honor (a total of 51 times) overall, 10th athlete to earn first-team honors and first since Katie Hostetler-Farris (cross country/track and field) in 2002. Deffenbaugh, along with the three football players selected earlier this week, are the first Division I Academic All-American selections for the program since Joe Strain earned honors for baseball in 1976 (Northern Colorado competed as a Division II school from the late 70's until two years ago and are now in the middle of a four-year reclassification process to Division I). She is the first-ever, first-team Division I Academic All-American selection in school history.
The other first-team selections included athletes from USC, Stanford, Rice, Cincinnati and Eastern Illinois. Deffenbaugh earned the right to make the national ballot by being a first-team selection in district VII. First-team selections from each of the eight districts (six from each) made the national ballot. In total more than 600 athletes were nominated at the district level and only 18 total athletes were selected to the Academic All-America team.
Deffenbaugh, a native of Strasburg, Colo., was a second-team Academic All-District selection in 2002 and was a Division I Independent All-Academic choice this season.
On the court, Deffenbaugh was a two-time athletic All-American (and 2002 AVCA Division II National Player of the Year) and finished her career ranked No. 1 in NCAA history in career attempts (6,465) and No. 3 all-time in career kills (2,529). This season she was named the Division I Independent Offensive Player of the Year and was a five-time Division I Independent Player of the Week after averaging 4.74 kills and 3.21 digs per game (those marks went up to 5.18 kills and 3.53 digs in matches against fellow D-I Independents) in leading the Bears to a 25-9 overall record and three-way tie for first at the Division I Independent Championships. For her career she started every set (493) of every match (135) of her career and led her team to a 100-35 record over that stretch while recording 131 double-figure kill matches, 57 20-plus kill matches and 102 career double-doubles.
"This is a tremendous honor for Erin to conclude her career with," said Northern Colorado head volleyball coach Ron Alexander. "Her career has been typified by national level honors and excellence in every area and this just tops it off."
The Academic All-American program honors student-athletes who excel both on the playing field and in the classroom. The awards are sponsored by and on voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). ESPN The Magazine is in its first year as a sponsor for the awards.
Northern Colorado Volleyball Players Named Academic All-American
Lisa Rupp - First Team (1983)
Terri DeRuiter - First Team (1986)
Teresa Martin - Third Team (1990)
Stormie Wells - Second Team (1995)
Deb Ponis - Third Team (1995)
Joyce Jordahl - First Team (1999)
Teale Goble - Second Team (2002)
Kristi Krom - Second Team (2003)
Erin Deffenbaugh - First Team (2004) *
* University Division (Div. I) - all previous selection have been College Division (Div. II, III, NAIA schools)
A complete list of Northern Colorado's Academic All-Americans can be found here: http://uncbears.collegesports.com/trads/ncol-academic-aa.html