Owens' Season Comes Up Just Short, Finish National Runner Up

The Owens Volleyball team finishes the season as national runner up and with a 40-1 overall record for the season.
The Owens Volleyball team finishes the season as national runner up and with a 40-1 overall record for the season.

By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director

Charleston, WV-- The Owens Women's Volleyball, who played in their first NJCAA Division II National Championship, came up just shy of the national title. The Express fell for the first time in the 2017 season, losing to Coffeyville 3-1. 

Coffeyville won the sets 25-23, 25-20, 14-25, and 25-19. The Express struggled to stop the Red Ravens at the net throughout the first two sets of the match. Owens had not trailed by two sets the entire season.

In the third set, it seemed like things finally got on track for the Express. They dominated winning the third set 25-14. The Express were up by double digit points most of the set, and it set up a crucial fourth set. 

Unfortunately for the Express, they were not able to complete the comeback. Owens finishes the season as the national runner up for the first time in Division II and it is their highest finish since the team began competing at the Division II level. 

Owens finishes the season at 40-1 overall. They finish with the highest winning percentage in the last decade for the volleyball program.

The sophomore class finishes with a combined record of 81-6 over their two years with the Express. They also captured two OCCAC league titles and also won two district championships in the Region XII District F tournament.