Nationally rated UC Clermont Cougars women’s volleyball team qualifies for national tourney again

October 19th, 2007    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Sports

For the second consecutive year the University of Cincinnati Clermont College (UC Clermont) women’s volleyball team has earned a berth in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship Tournament. The national showdown will take place Oct. 25-27 at Taylor University, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Along with six other qualifying teams, UC Clermont will attempt to dethrone the defending USCAA national champion Florida College.

The Cougars are 12-5 overall (as of Oct. 12) and champions of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference with a perfect 7-0 standard.

"We achieved the two goals we set at the beginning of the season - the Ohio Regional Campus Conference title and a return to Nationals," said Joe Harpring, coach of the Clermont countians. "I am extremely proud of these players and their dedication to the team. . .

"We received an invitation to this tournament based on a combination of our power rating and the coaches poll."

In the national coaches poll, the Red and Black was rated as high as sixth place.

"We will be facing some high quality teams, but the height we added with our freshmen class, plus the experience our returning players gained from last year's tournament should help us be very competitive this year. We played a much tougher non-conference schedule this year to better prepare us for tournament competition. I think our kids will find this trip quite enjoyable and rewarding."

Last year the Cougars finished second in the preliminary pool play during the USCAA Tournament, and lasted through three rounds of the double eliminations before eventually finishing fifth in the national tournament.

"It's going to be a tough tournament, but our team is very solid and very strong. We're a much more power hitting team with our increased height and experience. . .

"We're going in the right direction with our program. This year we had good crowds at the home games. We got good support from the student body, better than we've ever had in the past. We owe a lot of that to Peggy Hager (the Cougars' academic advisor) for her hard work off the court and on the campus with the student body."

The UC Clermont v-ball squad consists of Amanda Sevier, a senior, and a graduate of Glen Este High School; Lynn Abbinante, a freshman, and a graduate of Western Brown High School; Lauren Biel, a junior, and a graduate of Lakota West High School; Katie Brooks, a sophomore, and a graduate of Western Brown High School; Denay Detherage, a freshman, and a graduate of Lakota West High School; Desi Ingels, a sophomore, and a graduate of Western Brown High School; Kelley Koons, a sophomore, and a graduate of Miamisburg High School; Jaimie Martin, a freshman, and a graduate of Turpin High School; Julia Schulte, a sophomore, and a graduate of Anderson High School; and Jaci Stewart, a freshman, and a graduate of Blanchester High School.

Harpring's assistant coaches are graduate assistant Meagan Ooten, a graduate of Felicity High School, and Sonja Crockett from Woodford Co., Ky.

Hager is a graduate of Glen Este High School and is an associate professor of mathematics at UC Clermont.

Ooten and Hager are both members of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Athletic Hall of Fame.
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