December 15, 2011

Owens Express Women’s Volleyball Student-Athlete Continues Intercollegiate Career at University of Northwestern Ohio

Volleyball Signing #1

Owens volleyball student-athlete Ellie Comes signs her national letter of intent, while her parents Bob and Lynn Comes observe during the ceremony. Also observing the signing are (L to R) University of Northwestern Ohio Women's Volleyball Head Coach Kevin Kitchen and Owens Women's Volleyball Head Coach Sonny Lewis.

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College women’s volleyball student-athlete Ellie Comes of Toledo recently signed a national letter of intent to continue her intercollegiate career at the University of Northwestern Ohio.

“I am really proud of Ellie and excited that she will have an opportunity to continue her college education and athletic career at the University of Northwestern Ohio,” said Owens Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Sonny Lewis. “Ellie will be hard to replace. She was a leader on and off the volleyball court and will certainly succeed at the four-year level.”

Last season at Owens, Comes led the team with 940 digs. The Sylvania Southview High School graduate totaled 1,882 digs for her Express career, which ranks first in women’s volleyball program history. The sophomore defensive specialist also recorded 43 aces and 20 assist this past year for Owens.

Her postseason honors included being named 2011 NJCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-American. Additionally, Comes, a pre-physical therapist assistant major, was named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player and earned OCCAC All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII honors this past year.

The Express women’s volleyball program ended their 2011 season with a 45-5 overall record and finished 12-0 (first place) in the OCCAC regular season standings. Owens has now won 11 out of the last 12 OCCAC regular season championships. Head Coach Sonny Lewis’ squad also was ranked No. 4 in the final NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll. The Express lost to Oakland Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

The University of Northwestern Ohio Racers finished their 2011 season with a 25-15 overall record.

Owens Community College is an 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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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