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Published 10/29/2003
Owens to Host OCCAC Women's Volleyball Tournament Championship, November 1-2

Seven intercollegiate volleyball teams from around Ohio will converge on Owens Community College this weekend to compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Tournament Championship, November 1-2.

The tournament begins on Saturday, November 1 with first and second round matches at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Consolation action continues on Sunday, November 2 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., while semifinal matches will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The OCCAC Tournament Championship match is scheduled to take place at 3:30 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. Teams participating in the OCCAC Tournament Championship are Owens Community College, Terra Community College, Columbus State Community College, Clark State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Sinclair Community College and Lakeland Community College.

The Owens women's volleyball program recently captured its fourth consecutive OCCAC regular season championship, finishing with a 12-0 record. During the title run, Owens has accumulated a record-setting 59 consecutive OCCAC match-winning streak.

Led by third-year Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the 2003 edition of the Owens women's volleyball team has amassed an impressive 30-8 overall record. The Express are currently ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll.

During the previous two weeks Owens has defeated Clark State Community College 30-28, 28-30, 30-19 and 32-30; Lakeland Community College 30-11, 30-6 and 30-17; Cuyahoga Community College 30-17, 30-11 and 30-15, and Terra Community College 30-13, 30-28 and 30-13.

"This has been an exciting season for our volleyball team because of the contributions from different players," Lewis said. "Our team plays very unselfish volleyball. Each match it seems as though someone different has stepped up to make the crucial ace, dig, kill or assist. We have a great opportunity to win the OCCAC Tournament Championship."

Owens volleyball team members include Angela Tolland of Toledo (Start H. S.), Alicia Khoury of Toledo (Bowsher H. S.), Dala Greear of Defiance (Ayersville H. S.), Melissa Fleig of Toledo (Springfield H. S.), Ashlee Kwiatkowski of Northwood (Northwood H. S.), Courtney Caldwell of Lambertville, Michigan (Bedford H. S.), Ashley Hill of Bellevue (Bellevue H. S.), Risa Smith of Lambertville, Michigan (Start H. S.), Ashley Howell of Gibsonburg (Gibsonburg H. S.), Danielle Rego of Toledo (Bowsher H. S.), Brianne Sawyer of Millbury (Lake H. S.), Jenai Slaughter of Oregon (Clay H. S.), Margot Frederick of Genoa (Genoa H. S.) and Amy Czupich of Temperance, Michigan (Bedford H. S.)

Tickets for the OCCAC Women's Volleyball Tournament Championship are $3 for adults and $2 for youth and seniors. Children five and under, and students with a college ID are admitted free. 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 higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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