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Express volleyball hits past Lakeland in straight sets

By Nicholas Huenefeld

Owens Sports Information

Kirtland — Jessica Cooper had team-highs in assists (15) and aces (3) to lead the Express women’s volleyball team in a sweep of Lakeland Community College on the road Wednesday night.

Cooper also added four digs, while Kalida graduate Kayla Siefker also added three aces.

Stephanie Kipp (6) led the team in kills. Kenzie Kleinhenz and Jazmine Thomas each added five blocks.

Ciarra Wirick added 14 assists, five digs and two kills, while Lisa Urbanski led the team with 15 digs.

Kleinhenz and Dominique Yates each led the team with four blocks.

Notes: The Express are now 11-15 overall and 5-2 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play. … They will host Sinclair Community College on Friday at 6 p.m. in the SHAC. The matchup is a crucial one in regards to OCCAC standings as the Tartan Pride are 26-3 overall and 5-1 in OCCAC play, although the results of their match tonight is not yet known. … The win snapped a 5-match losing streak for the Express.


Express women win 8th straight

By Nicholas Huenefeld

Owens Sports Information

Toledo — Jill Burkholder’s penalty kick goal got the Express women’s soccer team going as they defeated Delta College 3-1 at home Wednesday.

Burkholder nearly had two more goals in the first half as one shot was a laser off the left post, while another was a shot off the crossbar. Her penalty kick goal, which came after Kendyl Christian was taken down in the box, occurred at the 6:17 mark.

Brittany Powell then scored what turned out to be the game winning goal at the 20:56 mark. Amber Burnette assisted on the play, which occurred directly in front of the net on the left side.

Jessica Grindle added her team-high 16th goal just before the end of the first half with a header from left of the goal over the goalkeeper’s head. Haley Gasser was credited with an assist on the play.

Delta would add a goal in the 75th minute but it was too little, too late as the Express won their eighth straight game.

Megan Soncrant started her second game of the season in goal for the Express. She did not face a shot on goal in the first half before being replaced by Kalida graduate Erika Brinkman for the second half. Brinkman allowed the lone goal, while also making one save.

The Express had 11 shots on-goal, while Destiny Wallace made eight saves in goal for Delta.

Notes: The Express women (10-2) haven’t dropped a match since Sept. 4 as they continued their program-record winning streak. Their next action will be on Saturday at Kellogg Community College at 1 p.m. … Grindle now has 16 goals and four assists this year. … Burkholder’s goal was her ninth of the season. … Powell’s goal was her fourth of the season. … Gasser’s assist was her sixth of the season, while Burnette’s assist was the first of the season.


UNOH set for ribbon-cutting of Indoor Athletic Complex

LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio is proud to announce the official grand opening of its new Indoor Athletic Complex at 1390 Cable Road from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at an invitation-only event.

The 55,000-square-foot facility is open to all current UNOH students and employees and includes a running track, a full line of over 40 strength and conditioning stations, free weight dumbbell sets, over 40 pieces of cardio equipment, karate, spin and Zumba rooms, a rock-climbing wall and student locker and shower rooms.

For the university’s athletic teams, there is also an indoor practice soccer pitch, a virtual golf range and putting/chipping areas, an infield and pitching area for the university’s baseball and softball teams and an athletic training area for all individuals to work with specialized strength coaches.

Also included is two state-of-the-art health clubs that UNOH employees can join as part of the university’s wellness program.

The event will begin with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a ceremony and ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. During the ceremony, selected dignitaries will speak about UNOH and the significance of its continuing expansion. Following the ribbon-cutting, guests will be free to tour the new facility.


Beaver men stunned in OT

By Ryan Schadewald

Sports information assistant

CINCINNATI, Ohio - A goal with less than a minute left in regulation and another with a little over a minute left in the first overtime for Mount St Joseph stunned the Beavers who were looking for their first conference win in over two calendar years on Wednesday.

The 2-1 loss was a heartbreaker for the Beavers, who fell to 0-9 overall and 0-2 in HCAC play. The Lions improved to 2-10 and earned their first HCAC win (1-1) of the season.

After a scoreless first half, Beaver freshman Grant Stutzman was able to power one into the back of the net with the assist from Peter Carlson to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute.

The Beavers looked set for a victory until a free kick during the final minute. The Lions were able to get the ball into the box and power a header into the back of the net and stun the Beavers, tying the match at 1-1 and sending the contest to extra time.

The overtime period was dominated by the home team as they outshot Bluffton 4-0. The MSJ goal finally came in the 99th minute off of a corner kick from Christopher Earls. He centered a pass that Shane Hall put in the net to give the Lions a 2-1 victory.

The Beavers will hit the road again on Saturday when they head to Richmond, Ind., to take on the Earlham College Quakers ,who currently sit at 2-0 in conference play. The match will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Bluffton returns to the Sears Complex next Wednesday as Anderson University comes to town. The Ravens are currently 4-8 overall but 0-2 in HCAC play. The match is slated to start at 4 p.m.

Last Updated on Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:29 AM

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