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Published 12/29/2003
Owens Community College Honors Fall Athletic Programs

Owens Community College recently honored its fall athletic programs for displaying outstanding excellence during intercollegiate competition. Thirty- two student-athletes participating in women's volleyball and men's soccer were recognized for their athletic achievements.

Led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the Express women's volleyball program completed its season with a 40-9 overall record. The program captured its fourth 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). During this title run, Owens has accumulated a record-setting 61 consecutive OCCAC match-winning streak.

In addition, Owens' volleyball team advanced to its first-ever NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament where they finished fifth among 12 participating intercollegiate teams.

The men's soccer program, led by Head Coach Art Johnson, recently completed its sixth season as an Owens athletic program. The Express finished with a 12-6-2 overall record and a 4-4-2 mark (third place) in the OCCAC. The 12 victories tie a school record for most wins in a season.

Volleyball awards presented at the College's athletic banquet:
Most Valuable Player - Angela Tolland of Toledo (Start High School)
Most Improved Player - Danielle Rego of Toledo (Bowsher High School)
Coaches Award - Ashley Hill of Bellevue (Bellevue High School)
OCCAC Player of the Year - Dala Greear of Defiance (Ayersville High School)
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Dala Greear, Ashley Hill, Angela Tolland and Alicia Khoury of Toledo (Bowsher High School)
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Courtney Caldwell of Lambertville, MI (Bedford High School)
OCCAC All-Tournament Team - Angela Tolland, Courtney Caldwell, Danielle Rego and Ashley Howell of Gibsonburg (Gibsonburg High School)
OCCAC Coach of the Year - Sonny Lewis of Toledo
NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Dala Greear, Ashley Hill and Angela Tolland
NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team - Angela Tolland and Courtney Caldwell
NJCAA Division II National Championship All-Tournament Team - Angela Tolland and Dala Greear
Owens Express volleyball team members also included: Melissa Fleig of Toledo (Springfield High School), Ashlee Kwiatkowski of Northwood (Northwood High School), Margot Frederick of Genoa (Genoa High School), Risa Smith of Toledo (Start High School), Brianne Sawyer of Millbury (Lake High School), Jenai Slaughter of Oregon (Clay High School) and Amy Czupich of Temperance, MI (Bedford High School).
Soccer awards presented at the banquet:
Most Valuable Player - Simi Wakawa of Toledo (Toledo Christian High School)
Offensive MVP - Isaac Metcalf of Waterville (Perrysburg High School)
Defensive MVP - Michael Bell of Rossford (Rossford High School)
Coaches Award - Joshua Snyder of Caledonia (River Valley High School)
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Simi Wakawa
OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Isaac Metcalf and Joshua Snyder
OCCAC Coach of the Year - Art Johnson of Toledo
NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Simi Wakawa
Members of the Owens Express men's soccer team also included: Sean Donahue of Waterville (Anthony Wayne High School), Nick Zuchegno of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), Chris Maier of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), Michael Mason of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic High School), Ryan Weber of Toledo (Whitmer High School), Chris Uzoigwe of Toledo (St. Andrews High School), Michael Aston of Monclova (Toledo Christian High School), Daniel Ball of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), Kyle Vogel of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), R.J. Stachowiak of Maumee (Maumee High School), Kyle Cousino of Toledo (Whitmer High School), Andrew Ignatowicz of Toledo (Start High School), Tommy Coffey of Waterville (Anthony Wayne High School) and Paul Nanez of Sylvania (Northview High School).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in 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 Northwest Ohio 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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