Owens Remains at #2 in Latest Tachikara Poll

Owens Remains at #2 in Latest Tachikara Poll

By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Informaion Director

Toledo, OH -- After another undefeated week, the Owens Express Volleyball program held firm at #2 in the latest Tachikara NJCAA Division III Volleyball Poll. Owens made their first appearance in the poll a week ago at #2 in the same poll. 

The Express had a busy week with five matches that they played over the course of last week. The competition started with a midweek match on the road at Cuyahoga, where the Express dispatched or Tri-C in straight sets, 3-0. Owens would have another match on Friday evening against Hocking College. The Express made quick work of Hawks, winning in straight sets at 3-0. 

On Saturday, the Express hosted a quad meet with Columbus State, Schoolcraft, and College of DuPage. Owens led off against Columbus State, who were the third ranked team in the country. The Express and the Cougars would split the first two sets of the match, but the Express would storm back to take the final two sets. The win represented the Express's second win over a Top 10 team in Division III this season.

Owens would next play College of DuPage. The Express would take a 2-0 lead over the Chaparrals, before DuPage took the third set. Owens would finish off Dupage in the fourth set to win 3-1. The final match was against Schoolcraft, and Owens was dominant. They would win each set by double digit points en route to a 3-0 win over the Ocelots. 

Owens has another busy week ahead of them. They host a midweek OCCAC match against Edison on Wednesday night at 6 PM in the SHAC. The team then hits the road for the Parkland Invitational. Owens will play four matches over the course of the weekend on Friday, Satruday and Sunday.