Chapin and Rhoads' Career-Highs Lead Volleyball to 3-1 Win Over Texas-Pan American
Oct. 15, 2004
EDINBURG, Texas- Junior setter Corrinne Chapin set career-highs in both kills (5) and blocks (7) to help lead the University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Texas-Pan American on Friday night by scores of 30-26, 30-27, 26-30 and 30-28.
Chapin, the reigning Division I Independent Setter of the Week, was coming off a career-high night in assists (65) and digs (22) in a five-set victory over another D-I Independent, South Dakota State, on Tuesday night.
Senior All-American Erin Deffenbaugh added 16 kills and 15 digs for the Bears (14-7) and sophomore Lizzy Rhoads continued her solid play, as she matched her career-high with 11 kills and also added six blocks.
"We battled really hard; we got outhit in the match and just had to fight with a lot of hard, tough play tonight," UNC head coach Ron Alexander said after the match. "When you get outhit and outdug it tells you how hard you have to work to overcome that. Pan Am had their full group of players this time around and they are really tough at home."
UTPA (7-10) hit .236 for the match while the Bears were at an even .200. The Broncs won the dig battle 87 to 72 but UNC had a huge advantage in the blocking game, registering 15 total team blocks to only six for Texas-Pan Am.
Texas-Pan Am was playing at home for the first time since the beginning of September and had won eight of their last nine contests at the UTPA Fieldhouse dating back to last season.
UNC is back in action on Saturday afternoon when they battle their fifth consecutive D-I Independent, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The match starts at 3 p.m. mountain time and can be heard live online at UNCBears.com and on a delayed basis following UNC football on 1010 KSIR.
Match Notes: UNC beat the Broncs for the second time this season and improved to 3-0 all-time against UTPA; the two teams will meet on Nov. 13 in Orem, Utah at the Division I Independents ... the Bears improved to 5-1 against D-I Independents this season ... Deffenbaugh increased her career attempts total to 5,802, passing two people and moving into No. 3 on the NCAA career attempts list; she should be No. 1 by the end of the year ... she increased her career kills total to 2,277 and needs only 11 kills on Saturday to move into eighth place in NCAA history ... UNC has won nine of its last 11 and 11 of its last 13 matches overall.