President's Blog

2018 NJCAA DIII Volleyball National Champions!

Posted on November 16th, 2018

What an exciting season for our Owens Express Women’s Volleyball team. For the second year in a row, these women have advanced to the National Championship Match. I thought everyone might like to see the thrilling conclusion to the Championship. At this point, the match was tied 2 sets to 2. The Express won the first two sets, but defending champions Eastfield battled back and won 2 consecutive sets. In a nail-biting 5th set, the play was evenly matched and the score was frequently tied. Normal sets in volleyball are played to 25 points, but a 5th set is played to 15. The winner must go ahead by 2 points.

Below is my fan-cam footage of the final volley, which put our Express over the line to become 2018 NJCAA Division III National Champions!

Formal recognition of the 2018 National Champion athletes will take place after the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The event will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the entrance/lobby of Administration Hall.

Congratulations and accolades have been pouring in from across the State, and even from my colleagues across the country. This morning, Senate Majority Leader Randy Gardner called to offer his congratulations and to inform me that both the Ohio House and Senate will be making formal resolutions congratulating the student athletes for the accomplishment.

Well done, ladies! We are exceptionally proud of you.


Steve Robinson, Ph.D.