Meis, Schimming among Owens players honored
Owens Community College’s board of trustees honored the Express women’s volleyball team “for exhibiting leadership, teamwork and excellence during their highly successful 2012 season,” stated a press release.
Individual team members were recognized for their achievements at the trustees’ meeting. The Express finished fourth in this year’s NJCAA Division II national championship tournament.
Local team members include sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Meis and defensive specialist Brandi Schimming, both Genoa graduates.
Meis was named first team All-OCCAC and first team All-Region XII. In 44 matches leading up to the national tournament, she had 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.
“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by the Owens Community College Board of Trustees,” said Rudy Yovich, Owens director of athletics. “Our student-athletes would not be able to realize their full potential, both in competition and in the classroom, if not for the support of our Board of Trustees and our outstanding administration. For that, we are truly grateful.”
The Express women’s volleyball team recently completed one of its most successful seasons in program history finishing fourth among 16 teams in the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament. Owens served as the host site for the national tournament.
Owens totaled two victories and two loses during the three-day double elimination consolation tournament. Tournament wins came against Kirkwood Community College and Iowa Central Community College.
The Express’ tournament loses were to Cowley County Community College and Parkland College. This was Owens’ third trip to the D-II national championship tournament and their best finish in program history at this level, besting the 2003 team’s fifth place finish. Additionally, the Express participated in five D-III national championship tournaments and finished third in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Express women’s volleyball completed the 2012 season with a 37-11 overall record and captured its 12th Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season championship in the last 13 years. Coach Sonny Lewis’ squad finished 12-0 in the OCCAC regular season standings and was ranked No. 17 in the latest NJCAA Division II national volleyball regular season poll.
Other team members are setter Molly Hilfinger (Anthony Wayne); defensive specialist/outside hitter Kennedy Geyman (Monroe Jefferson, Mich.); right side hitter Tiffani Hobbs (Central Catholic); right side hitter Kenzie Kleinhenz (St. Henry); outside hitter/middle blocker Dakia Sellers (Mansfield Madison); middle blocker Jazmine Thomas (Lima Senior); defensive specialist Lisa Urbanski (Notre Dame); setter Bailey Windham (Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central), and middle blocker/outside hitter Dominique Yates (Bowsher).
The trustees are comprised of six community leaders from Lucas, Wood, Hancock and Sandusky counties who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. Owens Board of Trustees members include Diana H. (Dee) Talmage of Ottawa Hills, H. Richard Rowe of Findlay, Dr. Ronald A. McMaster of Perrysburg, Edwin J. Nagle of Toledo, William E. Takacs of Toledo and Thomas R. Uhler of Rossford. Rowe is an Eastwood High School graduate.
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