PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Owens Community College women’s volleyball team will look to advance to their eighth national tournament as the Express compete in the NJCAA Region XII District E Women’s Championship this weekend. The tournament will be held at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4.
Coached by Sonny Lewis, the Express will take a 31-9 overall record into the double elimination tournament where they will play against the Schoolcraft College (19-13)/Oakland Community College (21-8) winner at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 in semifinal action. If they would advance, the Express will play in the winner’s bracket finals at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The championship match will occur at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Teams participating in the tournament include Owens, Schoolcraft, Oakland, Macomb Community College (10-16), Columbus State Community College (24-7-1), St. Clair County Community College (17-18) and Mott Community College (19-3).
On Friday (Oct. 26), the Express women’s volleyball team captured the outright Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) regular season championship with a victory over Columbus State Community College (25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21). Owens has won 12 out of the last 13 OCCAC regular season championships. Lewis’ squad finished 12-0 in the OCCAC regular season standings and is ranked No. 17 in the latest NJCAA Division II volleyball regular season poll.
Owens will serve as host to the upcoming NJCAA Division II National Championship, which will take place Nov. 15-17 in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.
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 www.owens.edu.