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Published 12/17/02
Owens Community College Volleyball Player
Named NJCAA All-American

Owens Community College womenís volleyball player Sandra Peer of Oregon has been named Second Team All-American.

The award was announced at the Collegeís fall athletic banquet for the Owens Express womenís volleyball and menís soccer programs.

This marks the seventh consecutive year that at least one Owens volleyball player has received All-American honors. Peerís other honors included Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) "Player of the Year", NJCAA All-Region XII, as well as Owens Co-Most Valuable Player. She also was Most Valuable Player of the Owens Express Classic and a member of the Lakeland Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Peer, a sophomore middle blocker from Clay High School, holds the Owens volleyball record with 812 kills for a career and tied Jaime Banners for the career record with 400 blocks. This season, Peer was the team leader with 411 kills, 178 blocks and 556 digs and ranked No.19 in nation with a hitting efficiency of 37.37 percent.

Led by second year Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the Express completed their season with a 46-11 overall record, tying the school record for wins in a season. The program captured its third consecutive OCCAC regular season and tournament championships, finishing with an overall 15-0 conference record (OCCAC regular season and tournament matches). The Express was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in the NJCAA Womenís Volleyball poll.

The menís soccer program, led by Head Coach Art Johnson, recently completed its fifth season as an Owens athletic program. The Express finished with 11-9 overall record and a 5-3 mark (second place) in the OCCAC. Johnsonís squad advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships before losing to Macomb Community College 5-4 in a shootout.

Volleyball awards presented at the Collegeís athletic banquet:
Most Valuable Players - Sandra Peer of Oregon (Clay High School) and
         Melissa Mohrbach of Lambertville, Michigan (Bedford High School)
Most Improved Player - Alicia Khoury of Toledo (Bowsher High School)
Coaches Award - Jodi Young of Toledo (Start High School)
OCCAC Player of the Year - Sandra Peer
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Melissa Mohrbach, Sandra Peer and
         Stacy Schwierking of Oregon (Clay High School)
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Dala Greear of Defiance
         (Ayersville High School)
OCCAC Coach of the Year - Sonny Lewis of Toledo
NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Melissa Mohrbach, Sandra Peer and
         Stacy Schwierking
Owens Express volleyball team members also included: Ashley Brough of Genoa (Eastwood High School), Dana Juhnke of Holland (Notre Dame Academy), Heather Inderrieden of Delta (Delta High School), Stacy Smith of Pandora (Pandora-Gilboa High School), Kelli Klein of Holland (Springfield High School), Nichole Borck of Ottawa Lake, Michigan (Whiteford High School), Angela Tolland of Toledo (Start High School) and Amy Karl of Tiro (Buckeye Central High School).

Soccer awards presented at the banquet went to:
Most Valuable Player - Mike Ringle of Ottawa Lake, Michigan (Stateline
         Christian High School)
Offensive MVP - Robby Sumbry Jr. of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School)
Defensive MVP - Jonathon Loo of Rossford (Rossford High School)
Coaches Award - Paul Rizzo of Miamisburg (Miamisburg High School)
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Sean Brown of Perrysburg
         (Perrysburg High School), Mike Ringle and Robby Sumbry Jr.
OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Jeff Brown of Perrysburg
         (Perrysburg High School), Jonathon Loo and Simi Wakawa of Toledo
         (Toledo Christian High School)
OCCAC Coach of the Year - Art Johnson of Toledo
NJCAA All-Region XII First Team - Mike Ringle
NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team - Robby Sumbry Jr. and Sean Brown
Members of the Owens Express menís soccer team also included: Dustin Schimmoeller of Pemberville (Eastwood High School), Bronson Lipinski of Waterville (Anthony Wayne High School), Freddi Ngwashi of Lubumbashi, Congo (I.T.C Matunda High School), Juan Carlos Guzman of San Benito, Texas (San Benito High School), Sean Donahue of Waterville (Anthony Wayne High School), Todd Duvall of Toledo (Toledo Christian High School), Chris Maier of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), Nick Zuchegno of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School) and Isaac Metcalf of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School).

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.

Editor's Note: Volleyball Head Coach Sonny Lewis can be reached at (567) 661-7939.
                           Soccer Head Coach Art Johnson can be reached at (567) 661-7938.


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