Owens Sophomore, Thomas, Signs With NCAA D-II University of Arkansas at Monticello
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Jazmine Thomas (Lima Senior/Lima, Ohio), who just finished her two years of eligibility at Owens, has signed with the University of Arkansas at Monticello women's volleyball program.
Thomas was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) player at Owens. In her two years, she totaled 606 kills, 374 blocks (95 solo), 84 digs and 10 assists. Her career block total is sixth all-time, just one away from Brittney Brander's 375 from 2007-08. She holds the sixth (2013) and ninth (2012) highest single season block totals.
As a sophomore, Thomas totaled a team-high 296 kills, a team-high 190 blocks (49 solo), 51 digs, five aces and three assists.
UAM, which is an NCAA Division II school, finished 12-20 last year. That team featured four junior college transfers, so landing Thomas continues a trend for the program. The team is also coached by a former junior college head coach, Peter Cruz, who is entering his third season with the program.
Thomas joins Lisa Urbanski (Notre Dame Academy/Toledo, Ohio) as one of two sophomores to sign with four-year schools from last year's Owens team. Urbanski previously signed with Lourdes University.