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Surge win two straight after 3-1 road win over MU-Hamilton

Hamilton, OH – Cincinnati State beat Miami University-Hamilton on the road in 4 sets.


After dropping the first game 23-25, Cincinnati State took control of the match. The Surge beat the Harriers in the next three sets with lopsided scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-10. It was the fourth straight win for the Surge over Miami-Hamilton dating back to last season.


Winners of their last two matches, the Surge are now 6-9. The Harriers fell to 5-6 on the year.


Cincinnati State will return home on Sept. 27 to host two matches in one day. The Surge will play Jackson (8-8) at 10 am followed by a 2 pm match against Miami University - Middletown (0-7).



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Surge come back to beat Sinclair in five


Cincinnati, OH- Falling down 2 games to 1 against Sinclair, Cincinnati State rallied to take a 3-2 victory over their conference opponents from Dayton on Wednesday night.

Defeating Sinclair in the first game (25-15), Cincinnati State would be narrowly defeated in the next two by scores of 25-22 and 25-23.


“We came out with great energy to start the match,” Head Coach Kristy Bailey said. “We kind of let of the gas in game three and four. Our girls had to refocus and communicate.”


The Surge found their focus midway through the 4th game. After falling down to the Tartans, 6-1, Cincinnati State battled back to claim an 11-10 lead. Thanks to significant contributions from Sam Diebold, Breanna Fickle, Faith Gerhardstein and Courtney Criswell, the Surge went on to win 25-19 and force a 5th and deciding game. Diebold, Criswell, Gerhardstein and Fickle combined for 15 kills, 7 blocks and 12 digs.


“We stepped up our defensive play which led to the momentum swing,” Parrill said.” After letting off in games two and three, the players came out and recovered after making some mistakes early on.”


In the 5th stanza, Sinclair once again claimed an early lead, 3-1. Cincinnati State responded with 9-2 run to take commanding 12-6 lead thanks to strategic placement shots from sophomore Stephanie Gruenwald. Cincinnati State was also the beneficiary of 5 Sinclair errors en route to a 15-8 win in the deciding game.


As a team, the Surge combined for 71 kills, 44 assists, 19 blocks, 72 digs and 7 service aces. Diebold finished with a game high 19 kills. Criswell contributed with 14. Gruenwald filled the box score with 9 kills, 18 assists and 11 digs. Fickle, who kept the Surge in games 2 & 3 with heads up placement hits, finished with 4 kills, 6 assists and 12 digs. Carly Henkenberns saved the Surge on a number of occasions with a game high 24 digs.


“We really came together as a team,” Parrill said. “Due to some injuries, we have a lot of girls who played out of position tonight. They did a great job of executing in our victory. It feels great to get a conference win.”


With the win, the Surge improve to 5-9 overall with a 2-5 mark in the OCCAC. Sinclair drops to 5-9 and are now 1-4 in OCCAC play.


The Surge return to action when the team travels to play Miami University-Hamilton on Sept. 22.


(Postgame interviews and contributions by Jocelyn Taylor)







Surge beat MU-Hamilton in home opener

Cincinnati, OH--After playing the first 10 matches of the season on the road, Cincinnati State beat Miami-University Hamilton, 3-1, in front of their home crowd on Monday night.

After dropping the first set to the Harriers 25-18, the Surge rallied to claim the next two with decisive 25-18 and 25-13 wins. The Surge opened the 4th set scoring the first 7 points thanks to effective serving. The Harriers (4-4) battled back midway through the set, coming as close as 18-16 but the Surge attack would too much to overcome as Cincinnati State claimed the victory, 25-20. The team combined for 43 kills, 52 digs, 29 assists and 7 service aces.



"We have a habit of starting off slow," Head Coach Kristy Parrill said. "We need to find more of a groove early on as one team. I expect us to continue to work towards getting better and meeting our goal."



With the win, Cincinnati State improves to 4-7 on the season heading into conference matches at Edison Community (0-12; 0-3) College on Wednesday and Owens Community College (10-4; 3-0) on Friday.

vball 9.8.14The Surge beat MU-Hamilton in Monday’s home opener.


Cincinnati State claims 3-0 road win over Cuyahoga

Cleveland, OH-- After a tough loss to reigning conference champion Columbus State on Wednesday, Cincinnati State rebounded with a victory over Cuyahoga Community College in 3 sets.

The Surge combined for 36 kills,32 digs,11 blocks, and 3 service aces. After a highly contested 25-21 win in the first set, the Surge won by large margins in the next two (25-14, 25-12) to earn their first conference win of the season.

With the win, Cincinnati State improved to 3-5 overall with a 1-1 mark in the OCCAC. Cuyahoga fell to 1-7 and 0-2 in conference play.

The team will play two matches tomorrow against Lakeland (2-4,1-1) at 11 am followed by Lorain County (0-1, 2-1) at 3 pm.


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Cincinnati State volleyball summer camp information...


General Skills Camps

Dates: 1st Session: July 8-11, 2014; 
2nd Session: July 28-31, 2014 (CANCELLED)

Times:  1st Session: 5-8 pm; 2nd Session: 1-4 pm (CANCELLED)

Where: Cincinnati State Main Gym

Coaches: Kristy A. Parrill & Josh Hammer

Description: The general skills camps focus on building a fundamental base with newer players and advancing the skills of experienced players. We will focusing on volleyball skills from passing to jump serving, while more advanced players will work on quick offense, play execution, blocking, technical movement and defense. Youth players will focus on different hitting approaches, platform control, court movement, and positioning with adjusments being made to each player's progression throughout the week.


For registration & further information, please contact Coach Kristy Parrill

P: 517 403 9860





Criswell, Robben sign with Cincinnati State

Cincinnati State head volleyball coach Kristy Parrill continued her pursuit to improving the team for 2014 with the recent additions of Courtney Criswell & Rebecca Robben.

Criswell comes to Cincinnati State after a successful senior season at McAuley High School. A 5’10 RS, Criswell tallied 100 kills, 57 blocks and a .415%. Academically, Criswell was an honor roll student throughout her 4 years at McAuley and plans on majoring in Radiology at Cincinnati State in the fall.

Robben, a DS from Cleves, Ohio, transfers to Cincinnati State after spending a semester at Cleveland State University. After an impressive high school career at Harrison, Robben chose to attend Cleveland State but was unable to play due to injury. 

While at Harrison, Robben was a four-year varsity starter. She was named First Team All-League as a sophomore, junior and senior and led her team to two Fort Ancient Valley Conference championships. In 2013, Robben was selected to participate in the Senior Showcase.

Cincinnati State, which finished with an 11-23 record in its inaugural season, will attempt to take the next step to contending for a region title. Coach Parrill looks forward to seeing her revamped team in action.

“We have two players who can make an impact right away,” Parrill says. “Rebecca has a winning pedigree and Div. I talent. Courtney gives us height and is a significant addition to our attacking style. It will be an exciting 2014 with these two on the team."


Coach Parrill adds three new players for 2014 season


With the program’s first year coming to an end last month, Cincinnati State head volleyball coach Kristy Parrill spent little time working towards building her 2014 roster with the recent signings of Hannah Flickinger and sisters Claire & Faith Gerhardstein.



Flickinger, who will graduate from Seton High School in the spring, is expected to give the Surge a boost defensively. She will team up with another former Seton graduate in Carly Henkenberns, who will return to the team as a sophomore after leading the Surge in digs this past season.



The Gerhardstein sisters will projected to improve Cincinnati State’s offensive attack. As seniors at Scott High School, they helped lead the team to a district title and a regional runner up finish. Claire finished the season with 198 kills, 38 digs and 68 blocks. Faith recorded 128 kills, 27 aces, 46 digs and 67 blocks.



Cincinnati State, which finished with a 11-23 record in its inaugural season, will attempt to take the next step to contending for a region title. Coach Parrill, who was hired in June, looks forward to a full off season of recruiting.



“We got the three players we really wanted from the start,” Parrill says. “All three girls can come in and make an impact for us as freshman. I am excited to see what the future holds for this team in 2014 as we continue our recruiting process throughout the next few months.”


Coach Kristy Parrill with Claire and Faith Gerhardstein

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Hannah Flickinger poses with Coach Parrill after signing her letter of intent

Surge volleyball extends winning streak to 4 with wins over Southern State and Miami Hamilton

Hillsboro, OH -- The Cincinnati State volleyball team extended its winning streak to four games with road wins over Miami University - Hamilton and Southern State on Saturday.

Beating Miami-Hamilton for the second time this season, the Surge won in a best of three format. In a 25-20 win in the opening game, Taylor Zingsheim led the Surge attack with 3 kills to go along with 3 digs.

Losing the second game 21-25, Cincinnati State bounced back with a 15-8 win in the third to take the match. Lajoyia Whitney led the Surge to the win in the decisive third set with 3 kills and 2 blocks.

Against Southern State, the Surge won 25-11 in the first game and earned a 25-9 second set victory. The two games were the team's largest margins of victory thus far this season. Skyler Hembree led the attack with 5 kills. Carly Henkenberns recorded 8 digs.

After beginning the season with 8 straight loses to some of the perennial powers in the NJCAA, the Surge have bounced back winning 5 of their last 7 matches.

The Surge, which improved to 5-10 overall, will host Sinclair Community College on Wednesday at 6 pm.



Surge make it two straight with win over Edison

Cincinnati, OH -- The Cincinnati State volleyball team won their second match in a row with a 3-1 win over Edison Community College on Wednesday night.

Losing the first game 25-20, the Surge bounced back winning 25-22 in the second game, 25-18 in the third, and a highly contested 25-23 victory in the fourth.

Leading the Surge to victory was Katlin Kallmeyer who finished with a team high 10 kills to go along with 15 assists and 11 digs. LaJoyia Whitney finished with a season high 9.5 blocks. Carly Henkenberns, who has led the team in digs every game thus far this season, finished with 33.

With the win, the Surge improved to 3-2 at home this season. The team will attempt to earn its third straight on the road on Saturday against Southern State. The match is scheduled for 2:30 pm.



Surge volleyball defeats Lakeland 3-0

Cincinnati, OH -- The Cincinnati State volleyball team beat Lakeland Community College 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, snapping a 2 match losing streak.

The Surge won 25-13, 25-21 and 25-21, successfully bouncing back from Friday's defeat in which the Surge gave away a 2 games to none lead to Cuyahoga.

"I think the girls learned something after last night. We met after the game and talked about our mistakes and why we lost. They came out today with more focus and it showed in the result," Head Coach Kristy Bailey said.


Earning their second win of the season and first match without losing a game, Cincinnati State was led by Kathlin Kallmeyer's 8 kills, 26 assists, 6 digs and 2 aces. Carly Henkenberns, who leads the team in digs, recorded 19 on the afternoon. Skyler Hembree had 3 blocks to go along with 6 kills and 6 assists.


The Surge will return to action on Wednesday as they play host to Edison Community College at 6 pm.


Freshman Skyler Hembree led the Surge with 3 blocks in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Lakeland

Surge claim first victory in home opener against Miami-Hamilton

Cincinnati, OH --  In Tuesday night's home opener, the Cincinnati State volleyball team earned its' first win of the season 3-1 over Miami-Hamilton University.


In the first collegiate volleyball contest held at Cincinnati State in over two decades, the Lady Surge got off to a good start, winning the first game 25-15. Taylor Zingheim led the offense with 4 kills followed by Lajoyia Whitney's 3 kills. Carly Henkenberns and Stephanie Gruenwald combined for 16 digs as the Surge took the first game.


Miami-Hamilton bounced back with a 25-18 victory in the second game despite a late 8-2 run by Cincinnati State to make the score 22-18.


In a tightly contested third game, Cincinnati State claimed a 25-20 victory thanks to 5 kills from Zingsheim and another 4 from Gruenwald. Whitney also provided a lift with 3 blocks.


In a 25-17 win in the fourth and final game, Cincinnati State's Tonya McDine set up the Surge attack with 17 of her 54 assists coming in the fourth. Skyler Hembree led the offense with 4 kills, while Henkenberns recorded 6 more digs to finish with 26 total.


Earning its' first win, the Surge will attempt to make it two in row on Wednesday when they host conference opponent Columbus State at 6 pm.



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Cincinnati State adds volleyball to varsity sports program

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.”


A head coach shall be appointed shortly and recruiting shall commence immediately.  Cincinnati State will offer athletic scholarships in volleyball.  Interested high school seniors should go to the Cincinnati State web site for recruiting information.


“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, 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.



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