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ThursdayAugust 28, 2014

Volleyball season opens Friday


Cincinnati State volleyball coach Kristy Parrill expects to contend for a conference title this year.

That might not seem like an exactly shocking statement. It’s the sort of thing coaches are supposed to say.

But this is only the second year that Parrill has been in the job. Heck, it’s only the second year that Cincinnati State has had a volleyball team in the modern era.

That doesn’t matter to Kristy.

“Our program wants to be great, and we’re not going to settle for less,” she said, during a recent interview.

The volleyball team began its inaugural campaign in 2013 under Parrill, hired just two months before the start of the season. After suffering eight straight losses in their debut, the team achieved its first win against Miami Hamilton, and went on to sweep the Harriers for the season. In the month of September, the Surge had its longest win streak at four, beating Lakeland, Edison, Southern State, and Miami Hamilton.

It ended the season with an 11-23 record.

Not bad at all for a first year team that consisted of only 11 players, many of whom dealt with nagging injuries throughout the season.

“Six of our eleven players were injured last year, but were able to play through it,” said Coach Parrill (standing, left, in the team photo above with Assistant Coach Josh Hamer to the right). “There weren’t many teams we lost to in three sets. We took Columbus State to 5 games and almost beat them," she added.

This season’s roster will boast 15 players, but it will not be an easy road to a conference win. Standing in their way will be Owens and Columbus State, who have combined to win the last eight Ohio Community College Athletic Conference titles.

Seven players from last year’s team will return. The returning roster includes:

  • Carly Henkenberns, who led the team with 606 digs last year. She is expected to get All-America consideration this year.
  • LaJoyia Whitney recorded a team-high 135 blocks last season.
  • Stephanie Gruenwald , who collected 410 digs.
  • Skyler Hembree, who recorded 139 kills.

Other returners include Molly Walterman, Aliyah Roseman and Gabrielle Landis.

During the off season, Parrill signed six high school graduates, Courtney Criswell (McAuley High School), Hannah Flickinger (Seton High School), twins Claire and Faith Gerhardstein (Scott High School), Jane Heimkreiter (Ross High School), Breanna Fickle (Central Catholic/ Lafayette, IN) and also brought in veteran leadership with transfers Rebecca Robben from Cleveland State and Samantha Diebold from Youngstown State.

The Gerhardstein twins are expected to make an immediate impact on offense. At the end of their senior season at Scott, the twins combined for a total of 320 kills.

“Executing our offense is pretty complex for NJCAA standards, but above the other programs in our conference,” Kristy said.

Flickinger, Criswell, and Robben will provide defense and much needed height for a team whose players were all under 6 feet tall last year.

Stephanie Gruenwald and Sam Diebold will be the team captains this year. Rebecca Robben will be the redshirt captain.

The Surge will open the 2014 season Friday (Aug. 29) against Lansing Community College at the Owens Express Volleyball Classic in Toledo.

Cincinnati State, Art Central Foundation to host mural project

Osmany Piedra, an artist from Baracoa, Cuba, has been commissioned to lead a group of students in a project to paint a mural on the side of Cincinnati State’s newest building at its Middletown campus.

Osmany will join President Owens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, to launch the project at 1021 Central Avenue, a building the college recently acquired adjacent to its existing tower at 1 North Main Street. At 6 p.m. Osmany will be formally welcomed at a reception at the Pendleton Art Gallery.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. until at least 5 p.m., Osmany and a group of students from Cincinnati State and the Art Central Foundation will work on the mural, which will likely take up to a week to complete. The mural is scheduled to be formally dedicated on Saturday, Sept. 13 during the Middletown Art Festival.

The Art Central Foundation was founded nine years ago as part of an effort to establish downtown Middletown as an arts and entertainment venue. Its activities include working with students in grades 3 – 12 who are nominated by their art teachers on a variety of projects. There is no cost to the children for participation.

Over the past year the Art Central Foundation has been hosting a succession of Cuban artists on visits to Middletown.Osmany graduated from art school in Santiago de Cuba and from the Institute of Design in Havana.

Cincinnati State trustees will meet Sept. 3 in special session

The Cincinnati State Board of Trustees will meet in special session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 to consider a proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement with the College’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The meeting will be held in the Conference Center, Rooms 344-346 in the Main Building on the main campus at 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45223.

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

  • Call to order
  • Sunshine law compliance announcement
  • Roll Call
  • AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Adjournment

The board’s next regular public meeting after this is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 3:45 p.m. in the Conference Center.

Travel tea mug is looking for its owner

A lovely, insulated stainless steel travel tea mug was found after last week’s convocation. It bears the inscription “Teavana, Fair Trade, Helping Global Tea Communities Thrive,” and appears to be well seasoned, much travelled and much loved. It can be picked up in the Marketing and Communications Office, Main 167. 

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