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Published 1/10/2005

Owens Community College Honors Fall Athletic Programs

Owens Community College recently honored its fall athletic programs for displaying outstanding excellence during intercollegiate competition. Thirty-three student-athletes participating in women's volleyball and men's soccer were recognized for their athletic achievements, highlighted by Ashley Hill of Bellevue being named NJCAA Division II First Team All-American.

This marks eight out of nine years that at least one Owens volleyball player has received All-American honors. Hill's 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.

Hill, a sophomore libero from Bellevue High School, holds Owens' volleyball records with 1,738 digs for a career, 1,006 digs for a season and 52 digs for a match. In addition, she played in a career record 296 games.

Led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the Express completed its season with a 35-13 overall record. The program captured its fourth consecutive 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 76 consecutive OCCAC match-winning streak.

The men's soccer program, led by Head Coach Art Johnson, recently completed its seventh season as an Owens athletic program. The Express finished with a 16-5 overall record and an 8-2 mark (second place) in the OCCAC. The 16 victories and eight shutouts registered by Owens are both school records for a season.

Women's Volleyball Awards:
Co-Most Valuable Players - Ashley Hill and Courtney Caldwell of Lambertville, Michigan (Bedford High School)
Most Improved Player - Amy Czupich of Temperance, Michigan (Bedford High School)
Coaches Award - Ceara Barr of Vickery (Fremont Ross High School)
OCCAC Player of the Year - Ashley Hill
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Ashley Hill, Ceara Barr, Courtney Caldwell and Danielle Rego of Toledo (Bowsher High School)
OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention - Risa Smith of Lambertville, Michigan (Start High School)
OCCAC All-Tournament Team - Ashley Hill and Risa Smith
OCCAC All-Tournament MVP - Risa Smith
NJCAA All-Region XII Team - Ashley Hill, Ceara Barr, Danielle Rego and Courtney Caldwell
NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team - Ceara Barr and Courtney Caldwell
NJCAA All-American Division II First Team - Ashley Hill
Owens Express volleyball team members also included: Melissa Fleig of Toledo (Springfield High School), Ashlee Kwiatkowski of Northwood (Northwood High School), Brianne Sawyer of Millbury (Lake High School), Mallory Bieringer of Temperance, Michigan (Bedford High School), Anna Rauch of Wyandotte, Michigan (Roosevelt High School), Alexi Carnicom of Gibsonburg (Gibsonburg High School) and Kelli Fisher of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School).

Men's Soccer Awards:
Most Valuable Player - Ahmad Roudbari of Maumee (Kuwait High School)
Offensive MVP - Andrew Traber of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School)
Defensive MVP - Matt Ringle of Ottawa Lake, Michigan (Whiteford High School)
Most Improved Player - Ryan Michaels of Holland (St. Francis de Sales High School)
Coaches Award - Michael Bell of Rossford (Rossford High School)
OCCAC All-Conference First Team - Ahmad Roudbari, Michael Bell and Michael Mason of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic High School)
OCCAC All-Conference Second Team - Andrew Traber and Matt Ringle
NJCAA All-Region XII First Team - Ahmad Roudbari
NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team - Michael Bell and Andrew Traber
Members of the Owens Express men's soccer team also included: 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), Chris Maier of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), Adam Busdiecker of Toledo (Whitmer High School), Matt Francis of Temperance, Michigan (Bedford High School), Justin Weldon of Sylvania (Sylvania Northview High School), Kyle Kaiser of Monroe, Michigan (Monroe High School), Gibril Kargbo of Holland (Sierra Leone Grammar School), Brian Whitner of Perrysburg (Perrysburg High School), Ronald Wedge of Redford, Michigan (Redford Union High School), Josh Radtkin of Toledo (Maumee Valley Country Day School) and Alfonso Mora of Perrysburg (Maria DeBelen High School).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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, and 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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