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Owens Volleyball Signs Student-Athletes to Scholarships

Owens Community College has signed five first-year student-athletes to volleyball scholarships for the upcoming season.

Led by second year Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the volleyball program is beginning its ninth overall season and second year at the Division II level. Participating in intercollegiate athletics at the Division II allows the College to offer scholarships to pay for tuition, fees and books for its student-athletes.

Last season, the Express finished the year with a 38-12 record. The program captured its second consecutive OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference) regular season and tournament championships, finishing with an overall 15-0 conference record (OCCAC regular season and tournament matches). Ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in the NJCAA Women's Volleyball poll, the Express came within one win of advancing to the NJCAA National Championships finishing third at the Region XII Championships.

"I am really looking forward to another great season," said Lewis. "We have a very talented and experienced group of girls returning from last year's squad which won 38 matches for this program."

Lewis added, "With the addition of these five incoming first-year student-athletes, I anticipate our volleyball program having another successful season which will allow our team to compete for another OCCAC regular season and tournament championship."

First-year student-athletes receiving volleyball scholarships include:

  • Angie Tolland of Toledo, is a graduate of Start High School. The daughter of Rick and Lynn Tolland, she was First Team All-City, Second Team All-District and a member of the St. John's Volleyball Club.

  • Amy Karl of Tiro, is a graduate of Buckeye Central High School. The daughter of Mike and Diane Karl, she earned First Team All-North Central Conference, Second Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors. She also was a member of the Black Swamp Volleyball Club.

  • Alicia Khoury of Toledo, is a graduate of Bowsher High School. The daughter of Nate and Jeanine Khoury, she was Second Team All-City and a member of the St. John's Volleyball Club.

  • Dala Greear of Defiance, is a graduate of Ayersville High School. The daughter of Jack and Diane Greear, she was First Team All-Green Meadows Conference, First Team All-District and All-Ohio.

  • Missy Mohrbach of Lambertville, Michigan, is a graduate of Bedford High School. The daughter of Bill and Tammy Mohrbach, she is transferring to Owens from Wayne State University. During her high school career, she was First Team All-Region and Second Team All-Michigan. Mohrbach was a member of Bedford's 2001 State Championship Volleyball team and the Borderline Volleyball Club.

At the conclusion of the NJCAA volleyball season, Owens Community College will once again host the Division II NJCAA National Volleyball Championship for the second consecutive year. All tournament matches will be held at the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus, which is on Oregon Road, located four miles from Downtown Toledo. Prior to serving as the Division II National Championship site, Owens hosted the previous three Division III tournaments.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for entry-level college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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