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Written by J. Patrick Eaken and Michael Travis, Window To WoodmoreAricka LaVoy inks with Owens College volleyball   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:48

Wildcats defend title; Pocino repeats as Coach of Year
Aricka LaVoy, the reigning District 7 Player of the Year in Ohio, became the first student-athlete to sign with the Express volleyball team for next season.

The libero/defensive specialist from Eastwood was named first team All-Northern Buckeye Conference and first team all-district her junior and senior years. Additionally, she was the NBC Player of the Year as a senior.

She set records for most digs (503) in a season and most aces in a season (81).

Woodmore volleyball players Alex Sandwisch, Courtney
Clowers and Nicole Busdeker wait for a serve. (Window
to Woodmore photo by Carolyn Nitz)

At Eastwood, LaVoy led a team coached by Jeff Beck to a district championship this past year. They finished 23-4 and made regionals for the first time since 2005. It was the most wins by an Eastwood team in 10 years.

The 5-foot-5 honor roll student plans on studying nursing at Owens. Her sister, Alyssa, is a former member of the Express volleyball team (2009-10), and she helped lead Owens to their last national tournament appearance prior to this season.


In other volleyball news, Alyssa Meis (Genoa), a sophomore outside hitter, was named First Team All-OCCAC and First Team All-Region XII.

In 44 matches thus far, she has 560 kills, six assists, 513 digs, 40 service aces, 16 solo blocks and 49 assisted blocks. In 12 OCCAC matches, Meis had 137 kills, 14 aces, 136 digs, four solo blocks and 11 assisted blocks. She was named Region XII District E Tournament MVP, and she made the All-Tournament team in the Raider Challenge on Sept. 30.

In a stat that speaks of her versatility, Meis is the first player in program history to record at least 500 kills and 500 digs in a single season.

The NJCAA released the pairings for the NJCAA D-II National Volleyball Tournament today, and the No. 17 Express earned the No. 12 seed and will open against the No. 5 seed Kirkwood College at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15.

On Oct. 18, the Express met No. 4 Kirkwood (37-8) in the Kishwaukee Invitational and fell in a close, five set match, 21-25, 25-21, 11-25, 25-18, 11-15.

Should the Express advance past Kirkwood, they would meet the winner of No. 9 Iowa Central, the No. 4 seed, and No. 18 Monroe College (NY), the No. 13 seed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.

The tournament semifinals will be held Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m., while the national championship match will be held on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

All games will be held at Owens. Tournament information can be found on the Owens website.

Henderson gets first title
The Old Dominion University wrestling team had a total of 11 wrestlers place in the Knight Point Open in Clarion, Pa. on Nov. 4, including East Toledo native Jacob Henderson.

Henderson, a 6-foot-1, 197 pound redshirt sophomore who went to Central Catholic, earned his first career collegiate tournament title. Henderson won all four of his matches on his way to becoming the Knight Point Open champion at 197 pounds.

The Old Dominion team is preseason ranked No. 23 by the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll. ODU also has a total of five wrestlers that have been ranked by various polls in their respective weight classes throughout this preseason.

Henderson finished the 2011-12 season, his first, with a record of 5-3 wrestling unattached. He placed third at the National Collegiate Open and recorded one major decision on the year.

In 2010-11, he defeated two NCAA qualifiers, Caylor Williams (UNC Greensboro) and Lee Helbig (Wyoming). He finished the year with a 10-19 record.

At Central, Henderson was a three-time City League champion, two-time district and sectional champ, two-time state runner-up, and earned a fourth place finish at the NHSCA Championships in 2010. He was ranked in the top-20 nationally by USA Wrestling Magazine and set a school record with 146 career wins. He was also a four-year letter winner in football.

Wildcats turn things around
Woodmore volleyball coach Erin Reynolds’ team made a tremendous turnaround in the last half of the season, beating Danbury, Port Clinton, Ottawa Hills, Lake and Genoa.

Their league losses were to Eastwood, Elmwood, Otsego and Rossford, along with a loss to Lakota. Their tournament loss came early for the Wildcats, against their rival, Genoa.

With four seniors, who have been role models for the team, leaving the team, there are spots to fill.

“It was nice being a role model and leader on the team because I knew the team had my back throughout the season,” said Nicole Busdeker.

Two returning players for next year will be juniors Maddie Phillips and Courtney Clowers who will have to fill those leader positions. There is always something to cherish about Woodmore volleyball.

“With the team winning more games, it brought more fans and even a small student section,” said Busdeker.

The seniors agreed that beating Genoa at home for the first time in ten years was something that they would always remember about Woodmore volleyball and all the hard work and fun they had with Coach Reynolds.

“It’s hard to believe, but we knew this would be the last time we would play together at Woodmore,” said Busdeker.

Coach Reynolds plans on returning as the head coach of the varsity team next season.

“My favorite thing about being head coach was building good relationships, and I enjoyed everyone who was in the program,” said Reynolds. “I also enjoyed all four seniors because they are all different and unique as individuals and a group. I will surely miss these four seniors next season.”

Phillips and Busdeker continued to lead the team in blocks and kills, while Sandwisch and Phillips lead in serves. Alex Sandwisch led in digs while Clowers led in assists.

Seniors Busdeker and Sandwisch said they plan to play club volleyball in college. They also broke school records. Busdeker scored 11 points in a game; the old record was eight. Sandwisch broke the ace record by three; the old record was eight. ( — contributed and written by Window To Woodmore staff writer Kenny Kruse. Reprinted with permission from the October edition of Window To Woodmore, the school’s student newspaper.)

Second team honors
Owens soccer players Kendra Eitniear and Jill Burkholder were named First Team All-Region XII in NJCAA D-I women's soccer over the weekend, while Marissa Ramirez and Drew Plummer (Lake) were named Second Team All-Region XII.

Eitniear received the most votes among Region XII coaches, while Burkholder received the fifth most votes.

Eitniear, a sophomore forward, earned Second Team All-Region XII honors last season. She was the team's leading scorer this year as she finished with 11 goals and four assists. For her career, Eitniear had 32 goals and 12 assists, and she leaves as the program's top career scorer.

Burkholder, a freshman midfielder, was a close second in scoring to Eitniear this year. She finished with eight goals and nine assists.

Ramirez, a freshman defender, had only one assist this year but she helped anchor a defense that produced 10 shutouts this year. Plummer, a sophomore forward, was the team's third leading scorer with five goals and seven assists. She was second on the team in assists.

The Express finished 12-3-3 overall this year. After finishing with the best record during the regular season in Region XII play, the Express saw their season end with a 1-0 loss to Muskegon CC in the Region XII semifinals.

The Woodmore boys’ soccer team has been going strong for a couple of years, winning the Northern Buckeye Conference title last year and again this season.

With great records of 14-3 last season and the record of 12-3-1 this season the Wildcats have had a lot of success. The Wildcats extended their winning record with the start of the 2012 state tournament Oct. 18 with a 4-1 win over Mansfield St. Peters.

“We improved greatly this season by coming together as a team, and we played best when we played for each other,” said senior Donny Bowen.

The Wildcats are losing ten important seniors, including seven starters.

“I’m glad I ended my last season with a winning record,” said Bowen.

The Wildcats played their second round game in the tournament on Oct 24, losing to Mansfield Christian for the second year in a row.

“We should have beat them last year, we didn’t play to our full potential, and we played a lot harder against them this year, but the score didn’t show it,” said junior Malachi Brown.

For the second straight year, Woodmore coach Carlo Pocino is Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Coach of the Year after the Wildcats defended their NBC title.

The Wildcats finished undefeated in the league at 9-0-1, followed by Eastwood (4-2-4), Rossford (4-4-2), Lake (3-6-1), Genoa (2-5-3), and Otsego (1-6-3).

(Reprinted in part with permission from the October edition of Window To Woodmore, the school’s student newspaper).

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