Meet your 2018 Rattler Volleyball Team
OJC’s Volleyball Season Wrap-Up
OJC Volleyball Team Ranked Number 19 in the Nation
The Otero Junior College Rattler Volleyball team finished their 2017/2018 season with a record of 24-7. Making this the 2nd best record in volleyball history at OJC.
“We had a lot of trust in each other, we had a nice rhythm and flowed well together,” said Freshman Setter Brilane Manchego. Not only that, the Otero Rattlers were ranked as high as 19th in the country, reaching the NJCAA polls for 6 weeks in a row. “We had a really great group of girls this season and it was amazing to be a part of the first volleyball team that’s been nationally ranked in school history,” stated Ashley Alfonso one of the Rattlers captains.
Included with the successes of the season; Ema Causevic, Brilane Manchego and Anouk VanNoord made the All-Region Team. The Rattlers dominated this year going into the Region tournament ranked 3rd. Though the season did not end the way the Rattlers wanted, they competed day after day beating some stellar teams.
One of the best memories of the season was beating Western Nebraska in 3 sets at home for the first time in OJC volleyball history. Moving forward, we plan to beat our overall record from last season and make our way to Nationals.
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: 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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