The Daily Express

Owens Hosts NJCAA Women's Volleyball Nationals, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16

The top 12 Division II college volleyball teams from across the country will converge on the Owens Community College Toledo-area Campus this week to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women' s Volleyball National Championship, Thursday-Saturday, November 14-16.

" We are honored to be selected among community colleges throughout the United States to serve as host for this prestigious tournament," said Michael Rickard, Owens Athletic Director. " This is the fifth year for Owens to host the NJCAA Women' s Volleyball National Championship. The event has been very successful the past four years and I anticipate another exciting week of volleyball action."

The tournament begins on Thursday, November 14, with pool play matches at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Friday, November 15, match pool play continues at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Semifinal matches will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 16. The consolation match starts at 12 p.m., while the national championship match will begin at 2 p.m.

All matches will be 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.

The 12 teams, comprising 12 national district winners in Division II, competing in the tournament are Kishwaukee Community College of Malta, Illinois; Bethany Lutheran College of Mankato, Minnesota; Glendale Community College of Glendale, Arizona; Schoolcraft College of Livonia, Michigan; Des Moines Area Community College of Boone, Iowa; Muskegon Community College of Muskegon, Michigan; John A. Logan College of Carterville, Illinois; Northwest-Shoals Community College of Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Moraine Valley Community College of Palos Hills, Illinois; Genesee Community College of Batavia, New York; CCBC Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland, and Longview Community College of Lee' s Summit, Missouri.

This marks the second consecutive year Owens Community College has hosted the Division II NJCAA National Volleyball Championship. Prior to serving as the Division II National Championship site, Owens hosted the previous three Division III tournaments.

The Express completed their season this past weekend finishing fourth at the Region XII Championships. They defeated Mott Community College (25-30, 27-30, 32-19, 30-19, 15-9), were defeated by Sinclair Community College (26-30, 19-30, 30-28, 27-30) and defeated Lakeland Community College (30-16, 30-25, 27-30, 30-28). In their second consolation match, the Express were defeated by Mott Community College (27-30, 29-31, 30-32). They completed their season with a 46-11 overall record, tying the school record for wins in a season.

Tickets for the NJCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship are $4 for adults and $2 for youth. Children ages 5 or under are admitted free. A three-day pass is $10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the College's Athletics Office at (567) 661-7973 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7973.

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 11/11/02)

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