2013 ends with regional title; back-to-back appearances at NJCAA National Tournament for men's soccer
December 3, 2013
The Cincinnati State men's soccer team finished another tremendous season in 2013, recapturing the Ohio Community College Conference title, a Region XII title and its third national tournament appearance in four seasons.
Perhaps, the highlight of the 2013 season came against rival Owens Community College in the NJCAA Region XII final in early November when the Surge claimed a 3-0 victory over the Express to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second straight season and the third time in four seasons.
"Earning back to back appearances in the national tournament is something that no previous team at Cincinnati State has ever done," Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. "I am so proud of this group of players. For our sophomore class, each player can say that they left with the legacy of two conference titles, two region titles and two trips to the national tournament."
The Surge's appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, Texas consisted of two games in the pool tournament stage. The Surge defeated Cloud County 2-1 on the first day of the tournament and lost their final game to No. 3 seed San Jacinto - South 3-0 to end the season.
"Obviously, we wish we could have advanced out of the pool stage," Combs said. "With that being said, we were one of twelve teams still standing at the end of the season which further solidifies our program as one of the best in all of junior college."
The Surge finished with an overall record of 18-2-2 on the year.
Of the 22 man roster, Cincinnati State will see 11 sophomores depart next season including leading goal scorer Kyle Grothaus, point leader Liam Doyle, and top defenders Austin Klueh & Tucker Beerman. Two members of the sophomore class have already committed to play at NCAA Div. I programs next fall.
Doyle will continue his career at Ohio State University. Forward Kevin Walker, who was named OCCAC "Offensive Player of the Year," will play at Bowling Green University. The rest of the sophomore class has gained interest from numerous Div. I, II & NAIA programs and are expected to commit to a school over the next few months.
11 freshman are expected to return including 6 players who have started at least one game in 2013.
Starting goalkeeper Ryan Hall returns after posting 7 shutouts and earning All-Region honors in 2013. Starting a combined 34 games in 2013, Brad Schluter, Trae Collins and Vonne Byrd will bring experience to the midfield positions in 2014. Defenders Okama Thompson and Grant Geigle will be relied upon to anchor down the defensive unit as head coach Mike Combs will look to retool a back line which loses five of eight defenders on the roster to graduation
Cincinnati State to add volleyball to intercollegiate sports program
May 29, 2013
Cincinnati State will add women’s volleyball to its intercollegiate sports program, beginning with the 2013 season.
“Volleyball is a very popular sport that is played at a very high level in the Greater Cincinnati area,” stated athletic director Tom Hathaway. “We look forward to capitalizing on the high school and club talent in our area and expect to quickly build a program that will compete among the best in our conference and region, as our other teams do.”
Earlier this month, Cincinnati State hired Kristy Bailey as head coach.
A native of Adrian, Mich., Bailey is a 2005 graduate of Lenawee Christian High School, where she was an All-County, All-Region and All-Michigan player in volleyball. She earned an athletic scholarship atOwens Community College, which boasts one of the power programs in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region 12. Bailey helped Owens to two conference titles as the program has continued a successful run over the past 12 seasons, winning the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference 11 times.
After playing for a year at Southeastern University (on a team that was the runner-up in the 2007 NCAA national championship) Bailey transferred to Northern Kentucky University. There she organized a highly-competitive club volleyball program and served as the team’s player-coach. The experience gave her broad insight to the responsibilities of coaching and developing a team, Hathaway said, noting that she handled such duties as scheduling, player recruiting and development, practice and game preparation, and event management as well as fund-raising.
While playing and coaching at NKU, Bailey also found time to serve as assistant volleyball coach at Cooper High School in Northern Kentucky and work as an assistant and clinician at the Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball Club.
Bailey completed her BA in integrated studies at NKU in 2012. For the past year she has been head coach of the Midwest Xtreme Volleyball Club’s U16 White team.
“There is no question that we have a lot of work to do in a short period of time, but I am confident that, with the support of our volleyball community and Coach Bailey leading the way, we will be ready for the start of the season,” stated Hathaway.
Volleyball joins the Cincinnati State intercollegiate program that includes men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s golf. Those existing teams have made a total of seven appearances in the NJCAA national championships over the past four years.
Adding volleyball became attractive to Cincinnati State following last summer’s renovation of the school’s gym. Additionally, the college annually receives dozens of inquiries from high school seniors interested in playing the sport.
Cincinnati area high schools have won 29 girls volleyball state championships, and the area club volleyball programs are similarly successful.
Surge prepare for national tournament after 2-1 win over CCBC-Essex in district final
November 8, 2012
Cincinnati State’s men’s soccer team, making its second appearance in the NJCAA nationals in the past three seasons, has been seeded No. 6 in this year’s 12-team finals field.
The Surge, 17-5-1, will begin pool play vs. No. 10 seed Northwest College (Wyoming) at noon on Nov. 13, and faces No. 3 seed Louisburg College (N.C.) at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. The winners of the four pools advance to the tournament finals on Nov. 16-17.
The national tournament is being played at Darton State College in Albany, Ga. Cincinnati State will leave for the tournament on Saturday. All matches will be televised via the NJCAA on-line network, www.njcaatv.ihigh.com.
Cincinnati State, ranked No. 9 in the most recent NJCAA poll, qualified for the nationals with a 2-1 victory over CCBC-Essex in the North Central District tournament last Saturday. Liam Doyle, a freshman from the Isle of Man, scored a pair of goals late in the second half to power the victory.
After capturing a share of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season title, the Surge won the NJCAA Region XII regional tourney with victories over Owens and Schoolcraft, both nationally-ranked teams.
Cincinnati State wins regional title
October 29, 2012
The Cincinnati State men's soccer team beat Owens Community College 2-0 and Schoolcraft College 2-1 to win the NJCAA Region XII tournament championship this past weekend.
In Saturday's semifinal match featuring the OCCAC co-champions, Cincinnati State proved to be the superior team as Justin Mitchell scored goals in the 6th and 71st minute. Goalie Ryan Strunk, who made a key save off an Owens penalty kick, recorded 7 saves in the shutout victory.
On Sunday, the Surge were able to earn retribution from last year's 2-1 regional final loss to Schoolcraft thanks to goals by freshmen Bradley Gale in the 30th minute and Austin Klueh in the 65th. Schoolcraft quickly countered with a goal in the 70th minute but were unable to even the score as Head Coach Mike Combs and the Surge claimed their second regional title in three seasons.
Cincinnati State sophomore Justin Mitchell was named tournament MVP. Goalie Ryan Strunk, defender Austin Klueh, and midfielders Liam Doyle and Joe Bradley were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Cincinnati State, who improved to 16-5-1, will host the district championship game against Baltimore County Community College- Essex on Saturday at 3:00 pm. The game will be played at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.
The winner will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Perimeter, Georgia.
Cincinnati State claims share of OCCAC title with 4-1 win over Owens
October 22, 2012
The Cincinnati State men’s soccer team beat Owens Community College 4-1 to earn a share of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference regular season title on Saturday.
Cincinnati State, which have won at least a share of the OCCAC conference title 8 times in the past 10 seasons, were led by forward Bradley Gale, who scored goals in the 5th and 60th minute of the game. Sophomore Justin Mitchell finished with a goal and assist. Freshman Tyler Gumbert also chipped in with a goal of a penalty kick.
“Our energy was fantastic from start to finish. We needed a big game from Brad and he delivered today. As a team, we have built some good momentum heading into the postseason,” Head Coach Mike Combs said.
The Surge, who finish the season at 13-5-1 overall with a 5-1 record in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, clinched a No. 3 seed in the National Junior College Athletic Assoication Region XII Tournament and will host Ancilla College in the first round on Wednesday at 5 pm. The game will be held at the Xavier University Soccer Complex.