Heitkamp Joins An Already Elite Owens Program

New Bremen middle blocker Devon Heitkamp (center) poses with her mother, Jill (left, front row), father, Greg, Cardinals athletic director Gary Jones (left, back row), Cardinals volleyball coach Teresa Jenkins, sister Diana and Owens Community College assistant Denny Caldwell Monday at New Bremen High School.
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They say three is a crowd, but not for Owens Community College.

In a three-week span, the Express volleyball team has swooped up three local players to join the team next season, with the third — and maybe final player this season — being New Bremen's senior middle blocker Devon Heitkamp.

Heitkamp signed her letter of intent to join Owens Monday afternoon at New Bremen High School, surrounded by her family, her mother Jill, her father Greg and her younger sister, Diana, and Cardinals athletic director Gary Jones, coach Teresa Jenkins and Owens assistant coach Denny Caldwell.

"I'm excited, it's going to be fun, I can't wait." Heitkamp said.

Two area players, and players who have played alongside and against each other in parts of their career, will finally be teammates at the collegiate level next season.

On Nov. 2, New Knoxville's senior outside hitter Madison Lammers signed her letter of intent to join the Express as well as St. Marys' senior outside hitter in Erika Angtsmann, who signed hers last week.

Auglaize and Mercer County has been a gold mind for Owens and makes up half of their roster next year. There are three local players in former Coldwater players Erika Hartings and Macy Reigelsperger and former St. Henry player Ally Mikesell who are also on the team.

Heitkamp tallied 705 kills 67 aces, 206 blocks, 487 digs and 44 assists during her four-year varsity career withe Cardinals. During her final season wearing the red and yellow, Heitkamp racked up 269 kills, 32 aces, 61 blocks (13 solo) and 266 digs, en route to a 16-9 overall record and an appearance in the Division IV regional final.