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Published 7/30/2003
Owens Community College Signs Volleyball Student-Athletes to Scholarships

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

Led by third-year Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the volleyball program is beginning its tenth overall season and third 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 completed the year with a 46-11 overall record, tying the school record for wins in a season. The program captured its third consecutive Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (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 Women’s Volleyball poll.

“I am looking forward to another successful season for the Owens volleyball program,” said Lewis. “Each first-year student-athlete brings exceptional athletic skills which complements a very talented and experienced group of girls returning from last year’s championship squad.”

Lewis added, “These nine incoming student-athletes will be a welcome addition, enabling Owens to once again compete for another OCCAC regular season and tournament championship.”

First-year student-athletes receiving volleyball scholarships include:
  • Ashley Hill of Bellevue is a graduate of Bellevue High School. She is the daughter of Steve and Jami Hill. (Libero)
  • Amy Czupich of Temperance, Michigan is a graduate of Bedford High School. She is the daughter of Edward and Jane Czupich. (Rightside Hitter)
  • Courtney Caldwell of Lambertville, Michigan is a graduate of Bedford High School. She is the daughter of Dennis and Crystal Caldwell. (Outside Hitter)
  • Melissa Fleig of Toledo is a graduate of Springfield High School. She is the daughter of Ron and Sandy Fleig. (Setter and Rightside Hitter)
  • Brianne Sawyer of Millbury is a graduate of Lake High School. She is the daughter of Kevin and Beverly Sawyer. (Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter)
  • Ashlee Kwiatkowski of Northwood is a graduate of Northwood High School. She is the daughter of Keith and Kim Kwiatkowski. (Outside Hitter)
  • Ashley Howell of Gibsonburg is a graduate of Gibsonburg High School. She is the daughter of Scott and Sandi Kreais. (Middle Blocker)
  • Danielle Rego of Toledo is a graduate of Bowsher High School. She is the daughter of Vivian Rego. (Middle Blocker and Libero)
  • Risa Smith of Lambertville, Michigan is a graduate of Start High School. She is the daughter of Robin Smith. (Setter and Libero)
At the conclusion of the NJCAA volleyball season, Owens Community College will once again host the Division II NJCAA National Volleyball Championship for the third 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 three Division III tournaments.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. 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. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 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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