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Owens Community College volleyball player Lauren Lind (Lake) recorded five kills, six sets, two assists, one dig, two blocks and scored five points as the Express split a tri-match.

Owens defeated Muskegon 25-8, 20-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-9 and lost to Oakland 22-25, 19-25, 23-25. The Express are 4-2 on the season.

Lind, a 5-foot-10 sophomore outside hitter, has 11 sets, seven kills, three assists, one dig, five blocks, and 9½ points. Teammate Alyssa LaVoy (Eastwood), a 5-2 sophomore defensive specialist, has three sets.

At the Grand Rapids Invitational, Owens finished 3-1, defeating Michigan schools Jackson, Kellogg, Kalamazoo Valley (ranked 15th in national preseason poll) and losing to Grand Rapids (ranked fifth).

Owens soccer
Owens men's soccer opened the season 2-0 at the Delta College Invitational Tournament. The Express defeated Delta 3-0 Saturday on two goals by sophomore forward Rodcliff Hall and a tally from sophomore midfielder Michael Hamouda. Owens sophomore goalie Pavle Udovicic contributed seven saves for the shut-out.

In the championship game on Sunday, Hall and freshman Glenroy Miller scored on assists from Hamouda. Udovicic again contributed seven saves for the shut-out.

Hall was named tournament MVP.



For Clay girls tennis coach Walt Ralph, this season is all about gaining experience.

Clay Junior Kylee Ault returns
at No. 1 singles after placing third
at last year's CL tournament and
earning first-team all-league honors.
She is 5-1 through six matches this
season. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

With just one senior on the roster, doubles player Heather Curry, the Eagles need several players to develop their games in time for the City League tournament. Clay finished fourth in the league in 2009.

“We want to maintain our fourth-place finish from last year, even with so many new players,” said Ralph, in his 15th season. “That's a reasonable goal. And we want to get them a ton of match experience as young players so we can look for a terrific season next year. That's why we tried to schedule as many matches as we can with some tough schools, to get them that kind of experience.”

The Eagles are off to a 5-2 start following Wednesday's win against visiting Maumee. Clay has also beaten Toledo Christian, Rossford, Sandusky and Springfield, and lost to Fremont Ross and Anthony Wayne.

Junior Kylee Ault returns at No. 1 singles after placing third at last year's CL tournament and earning first-team all-league honors. She is 5-1 through six matches this season.

“Kylie has every ingredient you would want in a tennis player,” Ralph said. “She has the ability to keep herself on an even keel. She doesn't get flustered easily. I'd be hard-pressed to think of a time when she was out of sorts or out of control on the court.”

Ralph added that Ault has shown a willingness to be more aggressive on offense this year.

“She has the ability to keep in her mind what she's trying to accomplish,” the coach said. “She has a good game plan coming into a tennis match and the ability to execute it well. She had some success last year but it was mostly on defense, moving and putting the ball back in play. She still has those skills, but she is starting to incorporate some offensive plays as well.”



Skilliter, Miller head into sophomore seasons at Mt. Union
The University of Mount Union football team returns only nine starters and 31 letter winners, but Coach Larry Kehres probably is approaching his 25th season as head coach much like the last 24, which is good if you are a fan of the Purple Raiders.

Kehres has two players from Genoa to help him determine who will get a chance to win a letter in 2010. Fiive-foot-8, 180 pound Blair Skilliter is a sophomore running back, and 5-10, 220 pound Tyler Miller, who lives in Genoa but attended St. Francis de Sales, is a sophomore defensive lineman.

As a freshman, Skilliter played in six games, rushing for 101 yards on 20 carries and returning three kicks for 44 yards. He had five rushes for 41 yards against Albright (Pa) on Dec. 5. He was an All-Ohio selection for Coach Mike Vicars at Genoa. Miller was a three year letter winner in football, All-City selection and Academic First Team for coach Dick Cromwell at St. Francis

Replacing players at key positions and reloading a roster will be the charge of Kehres and his staff who look to continue a run of 18 consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference Championships (1992-2009) while contending for a record 11th NCAA Division III National Championship.



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