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Three Surge Earn All-OCCAC Honors
Nov. 9, 2015
Rebecca Robben and Claire Gerhardstein were selected to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference all-league volleyball first team in a vote of the conference's coaches.
Robben, a sophomore formerly of Harrison High, led the OCCAC and is fifth nationally in the NJCAA in digs per set. She has been a two-year starter for the Surge at the libero position.
Gerhardstein, a sophomore who played at Scott High, is third in the NJCAA in block solos and total blocks and fourth in blocks per set.
Faith Gerhardstein, Claire's twin sister, was named to the honorable mention team. Faith is fifth in block solos and blocks per set and fourth in total blocks. The duo helped Cincinnati State finish second nationally in team blocks.
Surge Close Season with Third Place Finish at Districts
Nov. 9, 2015
Cincinnati State closed the 2015 season with a third place finish at the NJCAA District F tournament at Owens on Saturday.
The Surge, 25-13, made a bid to upset No. 9 Owens in the winners bracket final. After falling to the Express, 25-13, in Game 1, Cincinnati State rallied for a 25-21 win in Game 2 and took Game 3 into overtime before falling, 28-26. Owens captured the match with a 25-21 win in Game 4.
Cincinnati State then faced Columbus State in the semifinals. The Cougars won the first two games, 25-22 and 25-21. The Surge responded with a convincing 25-21 win in Game 3. Cincinnati State jumped out to an early lead in Game 4 but Columbus State won 11 of 13 points to take command and eventually take the game, 25-20, and the match.
The Surge opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Vincennes on Friday. After outlasting the Trailblazers, 25-22, in the first game, Cincinnati State took the next two games in convincing fashion, 25-15 and 25-13.
Claire Gerhardstein Earns OCCAC Player of the Week Honors
Claire Gerhardstein was named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 18.
Gerhardstein, a sophomore middle blocker, recorded 29 kills and 24 total blocks in three matches last week. She had 11 blocks in the win over Edison and 10 kills and 10 blocks vs. Lakeland. She had a .563 hitting percentage for the week.
Gerhardstein, a sophomore formerly of Scott High School and native of Taylor Mill, Ky., ranks second nationally in block solos, third in total blocks and sixth in blocks per set for the 20-10 Surge. Twin sister Faith is fourth nationally in total blocks and eighth in blocks per set.
The Surge return to action on Wednesday with a match at Clark State.
Diebold Headed To Life University
Samantha Diebold, who just graduated from Cincinnati State, will continue her academic and volleyball careers at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.
Life University is adding volleyball as a varsity sport, and the team will begin playing this fall. However, joining a new volleyball program is nothing new for Diebold. After two years at Youngstown State, the Cincinnati native and Mount Notre Dame graduate transferred to Cincinnati State and immediately became an integral member of the Surge.
“My coaches put me in an important role right off the bat,” Diebold said. “And with it being a new program, it was a lot of responsibility.”
Although she could not compete during the inaugural season of volleyball in 2013, Diebold practiced and served as a valuable team member.
“Sam really showed our players a great work ethic,” Surge head coach Kristy Parrill said. “She was a crucial member of the team.”
Diebold then was named a team captain for the 2014 season. An outside hitter, she led the team in kills (384) and points (480.5) and was third in digs (377) this past season.
Diebold, who has two years of eligibility remaining, will join a Life University volleyball squad that will compete in the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference. And it was a visit to the school that made all the difference.
“Originally, I didn’t think I was going to go on to play, but when I got down there I just fell in love with the campus and the area,” Diebold said. “Then I met everyone in the athletic department, and they were just so excited about starting a new program, so that just made me want to do it even more.”
Diebold believes her time at Cincinnati State was tremendous preparation for this next step.
“Academically, the teachers at Cincinnati State were superb,” she said. “They helped me so much. Within these last two years, I learned a lot.”
Diebold is excited to get to Life University and begin working with the volleyball team.
“It is a new program,” she said, “so I’m ready to start off with a bang and make an impact immediately.”
Henson Set To Join Cincinnati State Volleyball Team
Alyssa Henson, an accomplished athlete and student at Amelia High School, will continue her volleyball and academic careers at Cincinnati State.
A 5-foot-9 outside hitter, Henson was named the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division Player of the Year after leading Amelia to a 16-6 overall record and 9-1 mark in league play during her senior season.
Henson, who played club volleyball for Cincy Crush VBC and Positively Charged VBC, has become engrossed in the sport.
“I have been playing volleyball for 12 years now, and there is not a minute that I have regretted it,” Henson said. “I now get to fulfill my dreams and play collegiate volleyball.”
A first team all-league performer, she also was named a 2014 Enquirer Media Fall All-Star. Academically, Henson was awarded high honors during her senior year. And she believes Cincinnati State is the best place to play volleyball and continue her education.
“Cincinnati State is a wonderful school with wonderful people, and I'm so excited to spend my first two years there and to be a part of the Surge,” Henson said. “I feel that Cincinnati State is the right option for me because it allows me to really dive in and interact with my area of study and to further my volleyball career.”
Lehmkuhl Signs With Surge Volleyball Program
Karly Lehmkuhl, a senior at Saint Henry District High School in Erlanger, Kentucky, will continue her academic and volleyball careers at Cincinnati State.
Lehmkuhl, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter, has been around the game of volleyball as long as she can remember.
“Volleyball is in my blood. I have been spoon fed volleyball ever since I was born,” Lehmkuhl said. “My mother and aunt were both collegiate volleyball players and have continued their volleyball careers as high school coaches. I have been going to volleyball camps since I could walk.”
Lehmkuhl explained why she decided to join the Surge.
“Cincinnati State is the best fit for me because it has small class sizes that will give me individual help and attention,” she said. “Upon my college visit, the staff made me feel like family, and I can see myself fitting in comfortably.”
Lehmkuhl comes off a successful volleyball career at Saint Henry District High School, playing on the freshmen team as an eighth grader, on the junior varsity team as a freshman and as a starter on the varsity team her last three seasons.
She was named to the District All-Tournament Team, the All “A” Classic All-Tournament Team, the NKGVCA All-Opponent Division II First Team and the Cincinnati Enquirer All-City Kentucky Division II First Team in 2014.
In addition, Lehmkuhl completed more than 100 hours of community service while in school.
Lehmkuhl, who is one of four student-athletes from Kentucky joining the Surge volleyball team, is excited about her future at Cincinnati State.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” she said. “I will be close to home and be able to play the sport I love.”
Rich Ready to Join Surge Volleyball Team
Emily Rich, a senior at Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Kentucky, has signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State volleyball program.
Rich, who is 6-foot-2, played middle hitter for a Campbell County team that went 23-11 and reached the regional championship during her senior season. She led the Camels in kills, was named to the Region All-Tournament Team and received Cincinnati Enquirer’s All-City Kentucky Division I Honorable Mention recognition in 2014. Rich excelled in the classroom as well, earning a scholar-athlete award during her senior year.
She won a regional championship with Campbell County and was named to the District All-Tournament Team as a junior in 2013.
Now, Rich will transition to Cincinnati State, and Surge head coach Kristy Parrill is eager to see her in action. Parrill, who wants to develop Rich on the right side, said she is strong, smart and athletic.
“I can’t wait to get in the gym and work with her a lot,” Parrill said.
Rich explained how she made her decision about continuing her academic and volleyball careers.
“Cincinnati State is the best fit for me because of the welcoming volleyball team, family-like atmosphere and yet it’s still close to home,” she said.
Trimpe Bringing Talents To Cincinnati State
Jenna Trimpe, a senior at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, will continue her academic and volleyball careers at Cincinnati State.
Trimpe completed an accomplished high-school volleyball career this past fall. She stands as the Scott High School career record holder in assists (2,894), digs (795) and aces (276). Trimpe also holds the school’s single-season mark for assists with 907.
Trimpe was a senior on a Scott team that made its first appearance and notched its first win in the state tournament in 2014. A 5-foot-7 setter, she was named to the KHSAA State Tournament All-Tournament Team, Region All-Tournament Team and District All-Tournament Team after her senior season.
In addition, Trimpe twice was named to the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference All-Star Team, as well as the District All-Tournament Team as a junior and the Region All-Tournament Team as a sophomore.
Trimpe was a standout on the academic side as well, earning KHSAA Academic All-State Honorable Mention recognition each of her last three years in high school.
Her success on the volleyball court comes from years of practice and experience.
“I fell in love with volleyball during grade school while my mom was coaching me,” Trimpe said. “I just continued to play and succeed at all levels. I love the competitiveness, being part of a team and the friends that I’ve made over the years.”
Coming to Cincinnati State for athletics as well as academics was the perfect choice for Trimpe.
“Cincinnati State was the best fit for me because of the small-school atmosphere and it is close to home,” she said. “This will allow me to continue playing the sport that I love, having my friends and family come to watch, all while continuing my education and earning my degree.”
Trimpe will see some familiar faces when she reunites with former Scott High School teammates Claire and Faith Gerhardstein on the Surge volleyball team.
Henkenberns Headed To Tiffin University
Cincinnati State sophomore Carly Henkenberns will make her way to Tiffin University.
Henkenberns recently signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and volleyball careers at the Division II school in Tiffin, Ohio.
A member of the first Cincinnati State volleyball team as a freshman in 2013, Henkenberns played the libero position during her two years with the Surge.
After leading the team with 606 digs during her first season, she was second on the club with 395 digs in 2014. She topped 30 digs on five occasions as a freshman and then had a season-high 20 digs this past season.
Cincinnati State head coach Kristy Parrill says Tiffin is getting a player who has a great serve-receive game and is a strong passer. Parrill also is thrilled to see her first player sign with a four-year school.
“It’s moving to see Carly come in here and develop as a player, and now she’s moving on and she’s going to be a great asset for Tiffin’s team,” Parrill said.
Henkenberns is expected to begin taking classes at Tiffin and practicing with the volleyball team in August.
Surge Volleyball Team Excited To Bring In Berning
Mikayla Berning, a graduate of McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Indiana, has signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State volleyball team.
Berning, who served as a team captain, was a member of McCutcheon teams that made it to the regionals two of her four years.
Surge head coach Kristy Parrill is thrilled to add Berning, who likely will play middle hitter, to her program.
“I just can’t wait to get Mikayla in here and get her working,” Parrill said. “Playing middle, she brings very quick defense to the net.”
Parrill is excited about what the 6-foot Berning will add to the team.
“Mikayla is going to put some major blocks down,” the coach said. “She is going to be great for our blocking game.”
Berning, who also will bring a powerful offensive game to the volleyball team, is eager to get to Cincinnati State.
“I visited Cincinnati State, and I fell in love with the city and the campus location,” she said. “I also fell in love with the volleyball program. I think this school will be a great fit for me to start my student-athlete career.”
Gregory Set To Join Cincinnati State Volleyball Program
Savannah Gregory, a senior at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio, signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and volleyball careers at Cincinnati State.
Gregory, who plays the libero position, completed a successful volleyball career this past fall and is on track to finish a strong high school academic career as well. She received best defense and best hitter recognition, a scholar athlete award and was a District 15 Academic All-Star in 2014.
Gregory reflected on her love for the game of volleyball.
“Some players only play sports because they love being in the game, race, or match, but dislike practice and working to get better,” she said. “I feel that you know you love a sport when you not only love the games, but the practices also and always improving.”
Playing for Magic Volleyball Club, Gregory’s team was ranked eighth in the region in 2014.
The decision to come to Cincinnati State seemed like an easy one for Gregory.
“Once I took the time to see what Cincinnati State is about and what is offered there, I wanted to become a part of not only the volleyball team, but the college community there,” she said.
Surge head coach Kristy Parrill is looking forward to Gregory joining her squad.
“She is a great player on and off the court, academically and athletically, and to add her to our roster will be huge,” Parrill said. “Savannah has a great attitude, is a good communicator and has a strong knowledge of the game.”
Gregory is excited about the opportunity ahead of her.
“I was very glad to see how kind-hearted everyone is and how the coaches and players have a great passion for the sport,” she said. “I look forward to not only going far in this coming season, but to make strong friendships with teammates.”
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.
"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.
The 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.
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Cincinnati State volleyball summer camp information...
General Skills Camps
Dates: 1st Session: July 8-11, 2014;
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.