Meet your 2016 Rattler Volleyball Team
OJC Volleyball Season Wrap-up
On November 3, the Lady Rattler volleyball team started the Region IX South tournament, looking to win a Region Title. Unfortunately, they fell to a tough team from Northeastern Junior College and finished third.
Although the team finished lower than anticipated, four girls received awards that lifted spirits. All Region awards were voted on by coaches, based on the players that had outstanding seasons. All Tournament players were selected by Otero Head Coach Jordan Willis, Assistant Coach Rachel Weiland, and Athletic Director Gary Addington. These players were chosen based on their play only in the Region IX Tournament.
Sophomore Libero Abbey Wehrman was selected for both the All Region and All Tournament teams. Throughout the season she earned 707 digs, and achieved well over her 1000th career dig. Wehrman averaged 4.91 digs per set and helped the team’s hitters by giving them 66 assists. Her efforts also placed her a projected sixth in the nation for total digs.
Sophomore Middle Blocker Karina Erreguin was also selected for both the All Region and All Tournament teams. Erreguin finished in the national top 25 for both solo and total blocks. Throughout her final season at Otero, she earned 375 kills, averaging 2.72 kills per set. Defensively she earned 39 solo blocks and 89 block assists. Erreguin also proved her chops in the back row, keeping the ball alive numerous times with 127 digs.
Freshman Outside Hitter Beatriz Souza was selected as an All Region player. Souza was first in the nation in total hitting attempts, and registered 475 kills. She averaged a .220 hitting percentage. She was a huge defensive threat as well, earning 557 digs and 58 total blocks.
Freshman Middle Blocker Melissa Rodriguez was nominated for All Tournament. She had a strong showing in the five matches Otero played in. Rodriguez hit a 0.239 and had 22 total blocks in 3 days. Throughout the season, she registered 97 blocks and 224 kills on the season.
Congratulations to these ladies for all their hard work. Go Rattlers!
Lady Rattler Volleyball
Since its inception in 1978, the Otero women’s volleyball program has seen hundreds of young women pass through the program and continues to grow and compete at a high level with each passing year.
The Lady Rattlers compete in the Region IX south conference which includes Western Nebraska Community College, Northeastern Junior College, McCook Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, and Lamar Community College. The region is one of the most competitive NJCAA regions in the nation and Otero has consistently been a major competitor.
The Otero volleyball programs is committed to combining hard work, persistence, and dedication - with the ultimate goal of success in the classroom and on the court. Since 2008, Otero volleyball has recognized 34 All-Region players, 42 All-Region Academic players, and nine Academic All-Americans while maintaining an average 3.14 grade point average.
During the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Otero finished the season second in the nation in total number of digs and second in total number of aces for the 2013 season. The team also finished both seasons in the top twenty in total number of kills, assists, and points. In 2015, OJC finished 11th in total digs, 19th in total number of blocks, 21st in total number of kills, and 22nd in assists.
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