The eight-time defending Ohio Community College Athletic Conference champion Owens Community College volleyball program is returning outside hitter Mallory Imbery (Genoa), Kristen Gyori (Clay), Kathy Sagbagh (Fostoria), and Britney Bradner (Cardinal Stritch).
Gyori, a sophomore setter, led the team with 961 assists and recorded 30 aces and 190 digs in 149 games. Bradner is a sophomore middle blocker and was an OCCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention selection. Last year, she led the team with 187 blocks and recorded 236 kills in 137 games. Additonally, Bradner earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors.
Sagbagh is a sophomore setter. In 2007, she was honored with the team’s Most Improved Player Award and recorded 355 digs, 122 assists, and 21 aces in 130 games.
Owens is led by eight-year coach Sonny Lewis. During his seventh season, he led Owens a 36-13 record, 11-1 in the conference. Owens has won nine of the last 10 OCCAC titles. Last season concluded with a loss to Macomb CC in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII championships.
Lewis’ assistants this season are Denny Caldwell and Stephen Boston.
“We have a very experienced team with eight returners and they will be called upon to provide leadership and guidance for our extremely talented first-year student-athletes,” Lewis said.
Also returning is OCCAC All-Conference First Team and NJCAA All-Region XII selection Chelsea Stover of Wyandotte (Roosevelt), Mich. In 2007, the sophomore outside hitter was the team leader with 109 aces. She also recorded 456 kills and 361 digs in 146 games.