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Owens Community College Express Volleyball Voted No. 5 in the Nation by NJCAA

Continuing to build on a season of success, the Owens Community College women's volleyball team today was ranked No. 5 in the nation among Division II volleyball programs by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

"This is quite an achievement for us," said Sonny Lewis, Owens Women's Volleyball Head Coach. "I'm very proud of all of our players who really have been putting forth the hard work and effort required to elevate our program to the elite level of volleyball programs in the nation."

The 2002 edition of the Owens Women's Volleyball team plays a very aggressive style, both on the defensive and offensive side of the net, said Lewis, who now has 73 wins in his two-year tenure as the head volleyball coach at Owens.

"Our team also is very unselfish," he said. "Each match it seems as though there is always someone different who steps up to make a crucial ace, dig, kill or assist, which is the reason we are once again vying for another OCCAC regular season and tournament championship."

Lewis added, "We're flattered by this ranking, however, we still have a lot of difficult matches within the conference ahead of us."

The Owens Express balanced attack has led to an impressive 35-8 overall record and 7-0 mark in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

In recent weeks, Owens has recorded nine consecutive victories. During their winning streak, the Express were crowned Lakeland Invitational champions and captured regular season wins over Siena Heights University JVs (30-19, 30-19, 30-11) and Sinclair Community College (30-15, 30-14, 30-21).

Individually, first-year player Melissa Mohrbach of Lamberville, Michigan, (Bedford High School) is ranked No. 9 nationally by the NJCAA with a 1.01 aces per game average. In addition, sophomore Sandra Peer of Northwood (Clay High School) has a hitting efficiency of 38.54 percent, which ranks her No. 19 in the nation. Peer's accomplishments also include recent selection as the OCCAC Player-of-the-Week. Both Mohrbach and Peer were recently named to the Lakeland Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Other returning players to the Express roster includes sophomores: Dana Juhnke of Holland (Notre Dame Academy), Stacy Schwierking of Oregon (Clay High School), Jodi Young of Toledo (Start High School), Ashley Brough of Genoa (Eastwood High School), Heather Inderrieden of Delta (Delta High School), Stacy Smith of Pandora (Pandora-Gilboa High School), Kelli Klein of Holla (Springfield High School) and Nichole Borck of Ottawa Lake, Michigan (Whiteford High School).

The first-year players are: Alicia Khoury of Toledo (Bowsher High School), Angela Tolland of Toledo (Start High School), Dala Greear of Defiance (Ayersville High School) and Amy Karl of Tiro (Buckeye Central High School).

The Express have seven regular season matches remaining on their schedule. Lewis' squad will travel to Columbus State Community College and Terra Community College on October 18 and 29, respectively. The Express will host Lorain Community College on October 23, while Lakeland Community College will travel to Owens for an October 25 match. Both home matches begin at 6 p.m.

In their final regular season home contest, the volleyball will host a tri-match against Cuyahoga Community College, Kellogg Community College and Wayne Community College on October 26, starting at 12 p.m.

All home matches are played at the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus, which is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission to home matches is free.

NJCAA Women's Volleyball Division II National Poll as of Tuesday, October 15
Place College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
1 Kishwaukee Community College Malta, IL 33-1 48 4 1
2 Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA 29-6 44 0 2
3 Bethany Lutheran College Mankato MN 30-3 39 0 3
4 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ 19-7 36 0 4
5 Owens Community College Toledo, OH 35-8 32 0 5
6 Des Moines Area Community College Boone, IA 33-6 28 0 NA
7 Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ 23-6 24 0 7
8 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, MI 35-14 21 0 NR
9 Genesee Community College Batavia, NY 38-5 18 0 10
10 Vincennes University Vincennes, IN 31-17 12 0 8
11 Lake Region State College Devils Lake, ND 25-15 8 0 11
12 Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby, IL 15-6 5 0 NR


Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new 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.

(Posted 10/16/02)

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