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OJC Press Release ID: 2801

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

OJC Volleyball Players Sign with Universities


With the end of another academic year, Otero Junior College is seeing many of its sophomore athletes sign with universities. This is no exception for the sophomore players on the OJC volleyball team. The volleyball team had a total of six players sign with universities. “I am so proud of each and every one of my players, it is awesome to be able to see them continue their careers.” Head OJC Volleyball Coach Jordan Willis said.

Beatriz Palmieri, Brazil, will continue her career at Chicago State University in Chicago, Ill. On the OJC volleyball team Palmieri served as one of the team captains. Palmieri is majoring in business. According to Willis, Palmieri was an exceptional student at OJC and immersed herself in the campus community. “Her competitive drive and aggressive spirit helps her push her teammates and I believe will allow her to step into numerous leadership roles as she continues her career at Chicago State University.” Willis said.

Melissa Rodriguez, Costa Rica, will continue her career at the University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minn. Rodriguez is majoring in early childhood development. Rodriguez’s teammates commented on the fact that every time she stepped foot on the court they felt her incredible spirit and encouragement along with her continual smiling. Willis explained that she helped the team remain clear, confident, and collected in tough matches.

Lauren Addington, La Junta, will be continuing her career for a new program at Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Addington is majoring in business and math. Addington served as one of OJC’s volleyball team captains. “Lauren plays with hustle in every match as one of the team’s setters.” Willis said. Addington’s teammates reflected on the humor and laughter she brought with her everywhere. Coach Willis spoke on how excited he is for Addington to take her skills to this new start up program. Willis believes Addington will serve as true asset to this new program.

Taiylor Holland, Swink, will continue her career at Missouri Valley College in Marshal, Mo. Holland is majoring in elementary education. Holland served a setter for OJC’s volleyball team. During the pre-season Holland injured her knee, but was resilient and bounced back quickly with ambition and drive according to Willis. “Taiylor is a selfless player and always did what was best for the team.” Willis said. “She was able to provide a strong foundation for our offense. I know she will be a great attribute to the volleyball program at Missouri Valley College.”

Santana Mestas, Pueblo, is going to continue her career at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Mestas is majoring in psychology. Mestas was at transfer sophomore student at OJC, however the team said they had instant chemistry with her. She played the positions middle blocker and right side hitter. According to Willis, Mestas helped bring more offensive and defensive blocking pressure. “Santana had a tremendous spring season here at OJC and improved in all aspects.” Willis said. “I know she will positively impact Barton College and has a bright future there.”

Marine Kinna, France, just finished her freshman year at OJC but received an offer at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Kinna is majoring in business. Kinna played back row defense and had a strong offensive presence according to Willis. Kinna had to step up when some of the other players had injures, which led to the all-region IX recognition. “Marine has really improved in all aspects this spring season here at OJC.” Willis said. “Though we hate to see her leave, Marine received a great opportunity at Lynn University. We look forward to watching her continue to grow.”

For more information on OJC’s volleyball team contact Head Coach Jordan Willis at 719-384-6927 or


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Pictured are the OJC volleyball sophomore players that signed with universities (l-r) Melissa Rodriguez, Costa Rica; Lauren Addington, La Junta; Taiylor Holland, Swink; Santana Mestas, Pueblo; and Beatriz Palmieri, Brazil. Not pictured is freshman signee Marine Kinna, France.