PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Pink volleyballs, pink T-shirts, pink bracelets and pink necklaces were appropriately abundant on a recent afternoon at Owens Community College’s Student Health and Activities Center as the Express women’s volleyball team and the Raising Awareness Club raised funds to help support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the organization’s efforts in the fight against breast cancer. Both fans and student-athletes alike wore pink and purchased clothing items and participated in fundraising contests in honor of breast cancer awareness during the Express’ home match against Cuyahoga Community College.
In a little under two hours, the Owens volleyball team and the Raising Awareness Club collected over $760 through various “pink-themed” activities, which included a game ball raffle, T-shirt, necklace and bracelet sales, and a pink game worn Express volleyball jersey silent auction.
“Every dollar counts in helping to find a cure against breast cancer,” explained sophomore outside hitter and defensive specialist Jessica Knueve of Kalida, who also played in Volley for the Cure matches as a junior and senior at Kalida High School in Putnam County. “I want to thank everyone who helped support this year’s Volley for the Cure. Together, we can make a difference.”
In addition to contributions raised, the Express volleyball team won the match against Cuyahoga Community College in three consecutive games 25-11, 25-5 and 25-8.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. More than $1 billion has been raised to aid the fight against breast cancer in the world.
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.
Express volleyball team members include Shelby Schuster of Sylvania (Sylvania Southview H.S.), Jessica Knueve of Kalida (Kalida H.S.), Alyssa Wielfaert of Toledo (Start H.S.), Amanda Schuster of Sylvania (Sylvania Southview H.S.), Lauren Lind of Millbury (Lake H.S.), Alyssa LaVoy of Pemberville (Eastwood H.S.), Erin Schatzle of Monroe, Mich. (Monroe H.S.), Alyssa Pelish of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.), Ellie Comes of Toledo (Sylvania Southview H.S.), Ashley Horak of Bowling Green (Bowling Green H.S.), Julia Haupricht of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.), Allie McAfee of Ypsilanti, Mich. (Milan H.S.), Allison Seifker of Norwalk (Monroeville H.S.) and Brittany Egbert of Fostoria (Hopewell-Loudon 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 www.owens.edu.