December 19, 2011

Owens Community College Honors Fall Athletic Programs

Brittany Egbert

Brittany Egbert

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

This marks 14 out of 16 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 sophomore middle blocker from Hopewell-Loudon High School, led the team with 496 kills and 140 blocks. Egbert also earned NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American honors last year.

Comes is a Sylvania Southview High School graduate. In addition to All-American honors, the sophomore defensive specialist was named the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player and earned OCCAC All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII honors. Comes also holds the program’s record for digs (1,882) in a career.

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 men’s soccer program, led by Head Coach Art Johnson, recently completed its thirteenth season as an Owens athletic program. The Express finished with a 13-8 overall record. Johnson’s team finished in third place (10-6 record) in the NJCAA Region XII men’s soccer regular season standings. The Express lost to Jackson Community College in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

Ellie Comes

Ellie Comes

Owens women’s soccer recently completed its first season as an intercollegiate program. Led by Head Coach Mary Whisler, the Express finished with a 12-8 overall record and in fourth place (5-5 record) in the NJCAA Region XII women’s soccer regular season standings. Owens lost to Schoolcraft College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.

Women’s Volleyball Awards:

Offensive Most Valuable Player – Brittany Egbert

Defensive Most Valuable Player – Ellie Comes
Most Improved Player – Molly Hilfinger of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne H.S.)
Coaches Award – Alyssa Pelish of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic 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. (Monroe H.S.) and Emily Crowell of Rockford (Parkway H.S.)

OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention – Julia Haupricht of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.)

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

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

NJCAA All-American Division II Honorable Mention – Ellie Comes

NJCAA All-American Division II Second Team – Brittany Egbert

Owens Express volleyball team members also included Allison Seifker of Norwalk (Monroeville H.S.), Alyssa Meis of Curtice (Genoa H.S.), Brandi Schimming of Martin (Genoa H.S.), Whitney Hoodlebrink of Pemberville (Eastwood H.S.) and Bethany Critchley of Toledo (Toledo Christian Schools).


Men’s Soccer Awards:

Most Valuable Player – Nickyle Webber of Trelawny, Jamaica (Cornwall College)

Offensive Most Valuable Player – Novak Vuk Janicic of Belgrade, Serbia (Electro Tehnicka School)

Defensive Most Valuable Player – Travis Turner of Holland (Springfield H.S.)

Most Improved Player – Blake Niemiec of Bowling Green (Otsego H.S.)

Coaches Award – Jacob Olman of Maumee (Maumee H.S.)

OCCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year – Novak Vuk Janicic

OCCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Travis Turner

OCCAC Co-Coach of the Year – Art Johnson

OCCAC All-Conference First Team – Novak Vuk Janicic, Travis Turner and Nickyle Webber

OCCAC All-Conference Second Team – Jacob Olman and Jauvanie Cole of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Coconut Creek H.S.)

NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team – Novak Vuk Janicic and Nickyle Webber


Members of the Owens Express men’s soccer team also included Kyle Whitmore of Toledo (Start H.S.), Sean Kaighin of Oregon (Clay H.S.), Ababacar Ndoye of Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ypsilanti H.S.), Nikoy Wallace of Lauderhill, Fla. (Anchovy H.S.), Matthew Spence of Sunrise, Fla. (Calabar H.S.), Alexander Klever of Sylvania (Sylvania Northview H.S.), Alec Heifferon of Maumee (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Leyton McKay-Ellison of Liverpool, England (St. Margaret’s School), Chris Kervick of Waterford, Ireland (De La Salle College), Alexander Smith of Perrysburg (Perrysburg H.S.), David Ortega-Gonzalez of Madrid, Spain (Nazaret Oporto College), Jeff Cooperider of Sylvania (Sylvania Northview H.S.), Troy Thompson of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne H.S.) and Dillon Lemley of Sylvania (Sylvania Southview H.S.).


Women’s Soccer Awards:

Offensive Most Valuable Player – Marissa Szabo of Sylvania (Sylvania Southview H.S.)

Defensive Most Valuable Player – Shelby Ramirez of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.)

Most Improved Player – Shara Williams of Holland (Springfield H.S.)

Coaches Award – Haley Gasser of Sylvania (Sylvania Northview H.S.)

NJCAA All-Region XII First Team – Marissa Szabo

NJCAA All-Region XII Second Team – Kendra Eitniear of Swanton (Swanton H.S.) and Alyvia Lieber of Maumee (Maumee H.S.)


Members of the Owens Express women’s soccer team also included Sarah Weaver of Castalia (Margaretta H.S.), Jaime Sesock of Davisburg, Mich. (Holly H.S.), Erica Lankey of Toledo (Toledo Christian Schools), Shauna Kastel of Toledo (Sylvania Southview H.S.), Aleha Almester of Rossford (Rossford H.S.), Chelsea Charniga of Bowling Green (Otsego H.S.), Sarah Ruiz of Holland (Swanton H.S.), Amanda Roumaya of Toledo (Whitmer H.S.), Malaysia Wright of Toledo (Toledo Central Catholic H.S.) and Kristina-Marie Rutherford of Norton (Norton H.S.).

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