By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director
Toledo, OH -- On December 7, 2017, the NJCAA announced theri All-American selections for the 2017 Volleyball season. The Owens Express were able to place two players among the ranks. Sophomore Niki Polce was named to the First Team All-American, while fellow sophomore Erikia Angstmann was named to the All-American's second team.
Polce followed her terrific freshman season with an even better sophomore one. She led the team in digs with 533 (4.04 D/S) this year. She finished her Owens career with nearly 1,000 digs, finishing with 925 total. She also garnered 66 assists and four kills during the season in 41 matches. She is a native of New Boston, Michigan.
Angstmann, who was a co-captain this season, finished second on the team in kills with 295 (2.63 K/S). She also had 237 digs, 60 total blocks, and 42 service aces of the course of the season in 40 matches. Angstmann finishes her Express career with 642 total kills during her time in an Owens uniform. She is a native of St. Mary's, Ohio and her younger sister, Ally, is also a member of the Express volleyabll team.
Both players were instrumental in Owens's historic season that saw them reach the National Championship match for the first time in school history. They also helped the program finish the highest it has ever finished at the Division II level, placing as National Runner Up. For their efforts, Polce and Angstmann were named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team this year.
Polce and Angstmann's nominations adds to the program's accolades. Niki Polce becomes the fifth player to be named to the NJCAA All-American First Team. She joins Brooke Gyori (2016), Macy Reigelsperger (2015), Dakia Sellers (2012) and Ashley Hill (2004) as players to be named to the team from Owens during her career. Angstmann is the sixth Express volleyball player to join the NJCAA All-American Second Team.
In total, Owens has had 24 players named to one of the NJCAA's All-American teams.
Owens finished their season at 40-1 overall. They finish with the highest winning percentage in the last decade for the volleyball program.
The sophomore class, which Polce and Angstmann were a part of, finished 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.