Owens Community College will again host the NJCAA Women's Volleyball
National Championships this fall, welcoming the top 10 Division II teams
from across the country.
"We are honored to host this championship and invite the community to see student-athletes from throughout the United States here for some tough competition," said Michael Rickard, Owens Express Athletic Director.
The top 10 teams from the 10 national districts in Division II will come to the Owens Toledo-area campus to play in the National Championships. Last year, competing teams came from Texas, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota and North Carolina.
The event begins with a Kick-Off Brunch on Thursday, November 8 at 8:30 a.m., followed by Opening Ceremonies at 11 a.m. Tournament play begins at 12 p.m. Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday, November 9-10. All matches will be played in the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC).
"This is the fourth year for Owens to host the National Championships," Rickard said. "The event has been very successful the past three years and the College is excited to once again serve as the venue for such a prestigious tournament."
Owens hosted the previous three Division III volleyball championships. This past year, the NJCAA awarded the College a four-year contract to host the Division II national volleyball tournament.
During the 2001-2002 academic year, Owens' volleyball moved from Division III to II. The change allows the College to offer scholarships to pay for tuition, fees and books for its student-athletes. Last season, the Lady Express finished the year ranked No. 1 among NJCAA Division III teams and placed third for the second time at the national tournament. They had a 46-7 record and also won the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title with a 15-0 mark.
Led by first year Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the Lady Express currently have a 28-9 overall record and a 9-0 mark in conference matches with five regular season contests remaining.
"This is an exciting time for our volleyball program, with the move to Division II and the NJCAA rewarding us with the national tournament," Rickard said. "I know we'll continue to run a great tournament for the teams."
Tickets for the event are $4 for adults, $2 for youth and children five or under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the SHAC at (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973.
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