Three high school student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play NJCAA intercollegiate women’s volleyball for the Owens Community College Express during the upcoming 2009-10 academic year.
The Owens women’s volleyball program is led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis and competes at the NJCAA Division II level. Participating in intercollegiate athletics at the NJCAA Division II level allows the College to offer scholarships to pay for tuition for its student-athletes.
The Express women’s volleyball program ended their 2008 season with a 39-15 overall record. The program captured its ninth consecutive OCCAC championship, finishing with an overall 10-0 conference record. Owens has now won 10 out of the last 11 conference titles. The team’s season concluded with a loss to Columbus State Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
“Maureen, Amanda and Shelby are extremely talented, both within the classroom and on the playing field,” said Lewis. “Each of them brings exceptional athletic skills, which complement a very talented and experienced group of girls returning from last year’s championship squad. Our expectations remain the same as previous seasons with the ultimate goal being another conference title.”
First-year student-athletes receiving women’s volleyball scholarships are Maureen Kurtz, middle blocker and outside hitter (Mohawk); Amanda Schuster, middle blocker (Sylvania Southview), and Shelby Schuster, outside hitter and setter (Southview ).