August 26, 2004
This is the first 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.
First, let me start off by saying that it feels GREAT to be back! After sitting out the 2003 season rehabilitating from ACL surgery on my right knee, I could not be happier to be back in practice!!!
So far, preseason has been a good one for the Bears. We reported back on August 11th, and things have not slowed down one bit for us. Our squad is looking more competitive than ever as we return many experienced players and have a talented freshmen class.
One difference this season is that we do not open up our regular season play until September 3rd against New Mexico. This has allowed us to have an extra week of practice prior to competition and will make us even more ready to play. The only drawback is that we are getting very anxious; I can't wait for next Friday!!!
Our home opener will take place against Wyoming on September 7th. This will be our PACK THE GYM night, so I hope to see a large crowd in attendance!
We look forward to another great season of UNC volleyball and appreciate all of your support!
Erin Deffenbaugh - Volleyball Season Diary #1
Aug. 26, 2004