Meet your 2017 Rattler Volleyball Team
OJC Volleyball 2017 Season Wrap-up
The Otero Lady Rattlers went into the Region IX south tournament with a conference record as 6-4. The Lady Rattlers traveled to Scottsbluff, Nebraska with competitive fire in their hearts. Their record placed them third in conference, allowing them to face Trinidad as their first match up. After a win in three on November 2nd, the Lady Rattlers were forced to compete against nationally ranked Western Nebraska Community College; where the winner earns valuable rest time between matches.
This match went five sets. The Lady Rattlers won the second set and the fourth set, which they battled all the way to 28-26 to get the match to go to five sets. With this win, the Lady Rattlers knew they would have a little easier road ahead of them but trying to play catch up in the fifth set was hard to do. They fell short this set losing 15-9, putting them back down into the loser’s bracket. The Lady Rattlers then were matched up against Lamar Community College. Although they were able to get two wins over them earlier in conference play, Lamar was able to use our prior five set match against them. Lamar took this win in a five set match, eliminating OJC from further competition.
However, the Lady Rattlers were able to hold their heads high on account Western Nebraska defended their title and moved onto the national tournament as the top team from Region IX. The Otero volleyball program did receive recognition throughout the conference as well as tournament play. Three Lady Rattlers, freshmen Marine Kinna and Sophomores Melissa Rodriguez and Beatriz Palmieri, were named 1st Team All Region and Marine Kinna was also named All Tournament Team. Otero Head Coach Jordan Wilis, Assistant Coach Morgan Wilkening, and the other Region IX South coaches selected all Region and Tournament players. These players were chosen based on their Region IX play as well as their compiled stats throughout the season.
Sophomore Outside Hitter, Beatriz Palmieri was selected with high recognition for First Team All-Region. The first look during preseason, gave us confidence in her ability to carry the load of a six rotation outside, but when a high ankle sprain took her out in the beginning of preseason, the Otero coaching staff faced some challenges in replacing this specific position. Being healthy enough to come back for the start of conference, Beatriz was able to tally up 212 kills, 299 digs, and averaged 3.5 points per set. This helped Otero Junior College remain in the top ten in the nation for tallied digs.
Sophomore Middle Blocker, Melissa Rodriguez, was also selected for First Team All-Region. Rodriguez played a huge role as an offensive threat this year, earning 216 kills this season. Her defense didn’t go unnoticed; Rodriguez single handedly stopped 21 hits this season and totaled 70 Block Assists. Throughout her two years at Otero Junior College, she was able to earn an average of 2.8 points per set.
Freshmen Outside Hitter, Marine Kinna, was selected for both First Team All-Region and All-Tournament Team. She averaged 2.8 points per set and earned 276 kills on the season. Although her primary role was an Outside Hitter, she was able to keep the ball off the floor in the backrow 466 times throughout the season. With her defense and agility, Kinna helped maintain the 17.6 digs per set for the Lady 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.
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 complete at a high level with each passing year.
The Lady Rattlers compete in the Region IX South conference which includes: Lamar Community College, McCook Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Trinidad State Junior College, and Western Nebraska Community College. The region is one of the most competitive NJCAA regions in the nation and Otero has consistently been a major competitor. Each year, the Lady Rattlers forge a new standard for those incoming and help them develop into the kind of teammates the Otero Volleyball Program is all about. They believe, “We will strive to be the premier volleyball team in Region IX both academically and athletically and gain national prominence. It is an earned privilege to be a member of the team and not a guaranteed right. Our purpose is value driven, and the values we hold true are Team, Loyality, Trust, Pride, and Integrity.”
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. The team also finished both seasons in the top twenty in total numbers of kills, assists, and points. In 2015, Otero Junior College finished 11th in the total digs, and 19th in total number of blocks, 21st in total number of kills, and 22nd in assists. In 2016, the Lady Rattlers finished 1st in the nation in digs, 9th in the nation for assists, and 10th in overall in kills throughout the season.
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