December 17, 2010

Owens Community College Honors Fall Athletic Programs

Brittany Egbert

Brittany Egbert

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College recently honored its fall athletic programs for displaying outstanding excellence during intercollegiate competition. Express student-athletes participating in women’s volleyball and men’s soccer were recognized for their athletic achievements, highlighted by Brittany Egbert of Fostoria (pre-physical therapist assistant major) being named NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American in women’s volleyball.

This marks 13 out of 15 years that at least one Owens volleyball player has received All-American honors. Egbert’s other honors included Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player of the Year and several NJCAA All-Region XII awards. Egbert, a freshman middle blocker from Hopewell-Loudon High School, led the team with 520 kills, 161 blocks and 81 aces.

The Express women’s volleyball program ended their 2010 season with a 42-9 overall record and finished 11-1 (first place) in the OCCAC regular season standings. Owens has now won 10 out of the last 11 OCCAC regular season championships. Head Coach Sonny Lewis’ squad also was ranked No. 11 in the final NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll.

In addition, Owens’ volleyball team advanced to its second NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament where they finished 11 among 16 participating intercollegiate teams. The Express also participated in five Division III national championship tournaments and finished third in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

The men’s soccer program, led by Head Coach Art Johnson, recently completed its twelfth season as an Owens athletic program. The Express finished with an 11-10 overall record. Johnson’s team finished in third place in the final Ohio Community College Athletic Conference/Michigan Community College Athletic Conference (10-6 record) standings. The Express lost to Ancilla College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

Women’s Volleyball Awards:

Most Valuable Player – Brittany Egbert

Offensive Most Valuable Player – Brittany Egbert

Defensive Most Valuable Player – Ellie Comes of Toledo, defensive specialist (13 kills, 942 digs, 13 assists and 43 aces) (Sylvania Southview H.S.)
Most Improved Player – Alyssa Pelish of Toledo, defensive specialist (2 kills, 272 digs, 5 assists and 24 aces) (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.)
Coaches Award – Jessica Knueve of Kalida, outside hitter/defensive specialist (112 kills, 48 digs, 19 assists, 4 aces and 58 blocks) (Kalida H.S.)
OCCAC Player of the Year – Brittany Egbert

OCCAC Coach of the Year – Sonny Lewis

OCCAC All-Conference First Team – Brittany Egbert; Ellie Comes; Erin Schatzle of Monroe, Mich., setter/outside hitter (213 kills, 317 digs, 929 assists, 46 aces and 57 blocks) (Monroe H.S.); and Allison Seifker of Norwalk, outside hitter (237 kills, 51 digs, 29 assists, 3 aces and 71 blocks) (Monroeville H.S.)

OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention – Ashley Horak of Bowling Green, outside hitter (362 kills, 162 digs, 8 assists, 73 aces and 81 blocks) (Bowling Green H.S.)

NJCAA All-Region XII Team – Brittany Egbert and Ellie Comes

NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team – Brittany Egbert, Ellie Comes and Erin Schatzle

NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Most Valuable Player – Brittany Egbert

NJCAA All-Region XII Coach of the Year – Sonny Lewis

NJCAA All-American Division II Second Team – Brittany Egbert

Owens Express volleyball team members also included Shelby Schuster of Sylvania, outside hitter/setter (38 kills, 236 digs, 768 assists, 61 aces and 5 blocks) (Sylvania Southview H.S.); Alyssa Wielfaert of Toledo, defensive specialist (4 kills, 166 digs, 2 assists and 10 aces) (Start H.S.); Amanda Schuster of Sylvania, middle blocker/outside hitter (26 kills, 9 digs, 4 assists, 3 aces and 10 blocks) (Sylvania Southview H.S.); Lauren Lind of Millbury, outside hitter (102 kills, 26 digs, 13 assists, 1 ace and 31 blocks) (Lake H.S.); Alyssa LaVoy of Pemberville, defensive specialist (25 digs and 2 aces) (Eastwood H.S.); Julia Haupricht of Toledo, outside hitter/middle blocker (251 kills, 34 digs, 11 assists, 9 aces and 97 blocks) (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.); and Allie McAfee of Ypsilanti, Mich., middle blocker (251 kills, 63 digs, 10 assists, 2 aces and 94 blocks) (Milan H.S.).

Men’s Soccer Awards:

Most Valuable Player – Michael Hamouda of Liverpool, United Kingdom, midfielder (14 goals, 11 assists and 39 points) (Rainhill H.S.)

Offensive MVP – Glenroy Miller of Belleville, N.J., forward (16 goals, 5 assists and 37 points) (St. James H.S.)

Defensive MVP – Lamar Lemonius of Ilford, United Kingdom, defender (4 goals, 3 assists and 11 points) (Barking Abby School)

Most Improved Player – Kyle Whitmore of Toledo, midfielder (1 goal and 2 points) (Start H.S.)

Coaches Award – Travis Turner of Toledo, defender (1 goal and 2 points) (Springfield H.S.)

OCCAC All-Conference First Team – Michael Hamouda and Lamar Lemonius

OCCAC All-Conference Second Team – Glenroy Miller and Rodcliff Hall of Boston, Mass., forward (11 goals, 2 assists and 24 points) (William Knibb Memorial H.S.)

NJCAA All-Region XII First Team – Michael Hamouda

NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team – Lamar Lemonius

Members of the Owens Express men’s soccer team also included Cody Katschke of Martin, defender (2 goals and 4 points) (Genoa H.S.); Yadi Aliakbar of Perrysburg, midfielder (3 goals, 4 assists and 10 points) (St. Francis de Sales H.S.); Pavle Udovicic of Belgrade, Serbia, goalie (50 saves) (Sportska Gimnazija Belgrade); Dustin Lamon of Findlay, goalie (43 saves) (Liberty-Benton H.S.); Mikhail Weatherly of Montego Bay, Jamaica, forward (1 goal, 5 assists and 7 points) (Cornwall College); Sean McEneff of Baldoyle, Ireland, defender (2 assists and 2 points) (St. Paul’s College); Matthew Spence of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., forward (1 assist and 1 point) (Calabar H.S.); Ababacar Ndoye of Ann Arbor, Mich., midfielder (2 goals, 1 assist and 5 points) (Ypsilanti H.S.); Nikoy Wallace of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defender (3 assists and 3 points) (Anchovy H.S.); Sean Kaighin of Oregon, forward (Clay H.S.); Jerry Doekieh of Bristol, Pa., defender (Harry S. Truman H.S.); Brian Kirton of Bridgetown, Barbados, midfielder (Queens College); and Hugo Sierra of Toledo, midfielder (Rogers H.S.).

Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation 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. For more information, visit