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Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta CO 81050

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Otero Volleyball goes 3-2 this weekend
October 6, 2014

The Lady Rattler Volleyball team went 3-2 this past weekend.  The team traveled to Lamar Thursday night.  Unfortunately, Otero lost in a close five set match. 

The team then traveled to Midland, Texas where they saw some new competition and pulled out three wins.  Otero played Midland College, Trinity Valley Community College, and Texas Tech Club twice while in Midland. 

Head coach Melissa Anderson was pleased overall with the team’s performance. “It was enjoyable to go see some new competition and play teams that we haven’t seen before.  The girls enjoyed the trip and the time they got to spend with one another.  Diana Etienne’s family was able to watch the tournament and cheer us on from the sideline, which was great for Diana.” 

The Lady Rattlers have three home matches this week starting on Thursday night at 6 p.m. against Western Nebraska Community College followed by McCook Community College at 7 p.m. on Friday night and Northeastern Junior College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

OJC Volleyball picks up two more wins
October 2, 2014

The Lady Rattler volleyball team racked up another win against Colorado Christian JV on Tuesday, September 30. The team traveled to the Gold Crown complex in Lakewood and swept CCU JV in a three set match.  The entire team had a strong performance and had good chemistry on the court.  The volleyball team heads out on Thursday, October 2 to Lamar to face off with the Lopes. Friday, October 3 and Saturday October 4 the team will travel to Midland, Texas for a tournament.

Rattler Men's Soccer wins two on the road
September 30, 2014

Photo Caption: Sophomore Luis Rangel set up Erick Chapa’s seventh goal of the season to put the Rattlers ahead of Central Nebraska and helped break the Rattlers’ two game losing streak.

Otero Junior College Men’s Soccer recorded two wins this past weekend, securing a Region IX playoff spot by beating Central Nebraska Community College 1-0 and Northeastern Junior College 2-1.

Central Nebraska totaled 3 shots on goal to the Rattlers’ 6, but the Rattlers controlled possession for most of the game. The win closed a two game skid that had the Rattlers and put them at 4-4 overall on the season.

After just five minutes, Sophomore Luis Rangel set up freshmen forward Erick Chapa’s seventh goal of the season on a hard pass from the midfield. The ball came into Chapa’s feet on top of the 18 yard box, where he hit it one time to beat the Central Nebraska goalkeeper. 

The Rattlers had a good chance to go up yet another goal; however, Sophomore Alex Hastings hit the post off a corner in the 20th minute. The Rattlers kept the pressure on for the rest of the game but were unable to score again. The game finished Otero 1, Central Nebraska 0.

The following day, the Rattlers travelled to Sterling to face the Plainsmen of Northeastern Junior College. The Rattlers came out firing on all cylinders taking 15 shots in the first half and netting a goal in the 26th minute by freshmen forward Owayne Stone, his first of the season.  Just 6 minutes later, Otero gave up a foul just outside the penalty area, allowing the Plainsmen to have a strike on goal. The foul resulted in a Plainsmen goal and the half finished tied 1-1.

The Rattlers continued their shooting way by racking another ten shots in the second half to Northeastern’s three.  In the 59th minute, Erick Chapa found a loose ball in the penalty area, scoring the winning goal.

“Overall, I’m happy that we got both the wins this past weekend. The guys found a way to win even when we were unable to finish our opportunities” said Head Coach Mike Bielski.

The Rattlers will travel this Friday to Cheyenne, Wyoming, a rematch of last year’s Region IX Final against Laramie County Community College. Then on Saturday, the Rattlers will face Western Nebraska.

Lady Rattler's Split at Triple Crown Sports College Classic
September 30, 2014

Photo Caption: Chermayne Yago’s fielding of a deep fly ball into the right center gap helped shut down Colby Community College’s offensive efforts and shift the game in favor of the Lady Rattlers.

At Fort Collins’ Triple Crown Sports facility on Saturday, September 20, the Lady Rattler’s first game against Region IX rival Western Nebraska C.C. ended in a loss. The final score was 8 to 2. 

After the tough loss, the team fought to come back from a 3-0 deficient against Colby Community College and slowly chipped away to tie it up at 3.  In the bottom of the 5th, Colby’s offensive production was shut down in a bases-loaded, two-out situation when Sophomore Chermayne Yago ran down a deep fly ball in the right-center gap.  The momentum shift allowed the Lady Rattler’s offensive production to open up and take the win, 11 to 4.

Sunday’s game against Colorado Christian University entailed high offensive production on both sides.  Excitement began in the top of the 1st when sophomore Anna Souza had 3-run shot to dead center.  Colorado Christian’s hitters answered back in the next couple innings with 6 runs.  The Lady Rattlers stayed tough, but fell short by a run and lost in a 10 to 9 final. 

Immediately after that game, the offensive production continued against North Platte. The Lady Rattler’s pitching staff also had their first shutout of the fall and won 5 to 0.

Head softball coach Noel Wees commented on the weekend. “Our team competed well and had a better focus the second day.  I am especially proud of the pitching staff. They executed and got outs in difficult, pressure situations.  We have such a talented group, with depth at all positions.”

Rattler Volleyball picks up two more wins
September 22, 2014

The Lady Rattlers advance to a 9-7 record picking up two wins against Adams State JV on September 16 and Garden City Community College on September 19.  The team was impressive both nights, sweeping the matches in three sets. 

Head coach Melissa Anderson approved of her team’s performance.  “It is always great when our entire team can see the floor.  Against Adams State JV our team really worked well together no matter who was on the court.  Our match against Garden City was impressive, and it is fulfilling to see the improvements our girls make each day. Our team chemistry is becoming stronger and that is vital to our success later on in the season.” 

The Lady Rattlers have a tough week ahead of them.  They will be traveling beginning Thursday to Scottsbluff, Neb., McCook, Neb., and Sterling to begin their Region IX play.

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