Created on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 Written by MATT HAMMOND
The volleyball coaching staff at Owens Community College made a strong recruiting push for Benjamin Logan’s Ciarra Wirick this fall. Those efforts paid off Monday afternoon.
Wirick officially became a member of the Express volleyball squad by signing a letter of intent to play for the Northeast Ohio school.
Owens competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
“Owens has a great volleyball program and they also gave me a great amount of money to go there,” said Wirick, who was the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division player of the year this fall. “Financially, it was the best option and I just really like the atmosphere there.”
Former Benjamin Logan head volleyball coach Bob Fawcett has a connection with the coaches at Owens, and tipped them off to Wirick.
After scouting her, Owens brought Wirick up for a visit and that sealed her decision.
“I think it is a great fit for her,” said Ben Logan coach Alli Reule. “We are excited for her. I know their coaches are really happy to have her.”
As a middle blocker for the Raiders, Wirick accumulated 245 kills, 48 aces, 58 blocks and 267 digs during her senior season.
She earned honorable mention all-Ohio honors for her play.
“Ciarra’s greatest attributes are her competitiveness and her volleyball IQ,” said Reule. “She is highly competitive and I think that is something that really attracted the Owens coaches to her. She also knows the game extremely well. She has great knowledge of the sport and she is very skilled as well.”
Wirick will make the transition to a new position at Owens. She was recruited to play the setter.
“I love setting, so that is something I am excited about,” said Wirick. “I wanted to be a setter here, but they needed me in another spot. I feel like I have the skills to play the position and I am looking forward to setting in college.”
Playing college volleyball has been a long-time goal for Wirick.
“I’ve been thinking about this since I started playing volleyball,” she said. “Volleyball came naturally for me and I knew I wanted to continue to play it as long as I could. Every year I played, my love of the sport continued to grow.”
The Express have developed a strong tradition of play in the NJCAA. Owens finished fourth in the Division II national tournament this season and compiled a 37-11 record.