By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, Ohio---Brooke Gyori (Clay/Oregon, Ohio), a sophomore defensive specialist for the Owens Community College women's volleyball team, has been named the inaugural Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) female scholar-athlete of the year.
Gyori achieved a 4.00 GPA in the classroom this year en route to becoming a two-time OCCAC All-Academic team selection. She was honored by the Owens Community College Board of Trustees for her outstanding performance as a student-athlete.
A two-time team captain, Gyori led the Owens volleyball team to its best season in program history. The team won an OCCAC championship, a Region XII District F title and finished third at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Tournament. Individually, she was named First Team All-OCCAC, OCCAC Player of the Year, First Team All-Region XII, Region XII District F Player of the Year, NJCAA First Team All-American and AVCA First Team All-American. She also earned spots on the Region XII District F and NJCAA Division II All-Tournament teams.
Gyori was the first student-athlete in Owens history to garner AVCA All-American recognition. During the season, she was a two-time OCCAC player of the week, and she became the first defensive player to win player of the year in the conference since 2009.
Following the season, Gyori signed with NCAA Division I University of Tennessee at Martin.
In the community, Gyori volunteered at St. Vincent's Hospital, with the ALS walk, the Monroe volleyball camp, the Coaches for Coaches camp and ran the Owens 5K. She coached a 17U volleyball travel team and was a key figure in the Owens volleyball fundraiser for Children's Medical Missions (CMM) West this past fall.
Blaze Glenn, a freshman infielder for Sinclair Community College, was named the OCCAC's male scholar-athlete of the year. For the full release from the conference, visit here.