COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 11, 2014) – In her first season of competition in the league, Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball's Oni Lattin (Jr., Houston, Texas) has been voted the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the conference office. Additionally, Lattin and teammate Mariangel Perez (So., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) were named First Team All-RMAC, while Alex Winkler (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned Honorable Mention accolades.
Lattin becomes the first player in program history to earn RMAC player of the year honors. The junior was a force at the net this season, ranking first on the team and in the league in total blocks (129) and second in the conference in blocks per set (1.16). Among NCAA leaders, Lattin is ninth in the country in total blocks and 24th in blocks per set. The Houston, Texas, native anchored a defensive unit that ranks first in the conference in total blocks (268) and second in blocks per set (2.41). Nationally, the Pack rank 10th in total blocks and 14th in blocks per set.
Perez joined Lattin on the first team, becoming the first, first-team honorees for the ThunderWolves since 1999 when Amy Little garnered a first-team plaudit. The last time CSU-Pueblo has had two players voted to the first team was in 1986 with Deborah Hunter and Cathy Johnson being named to the team.
Perez was the Pack's top offensive weapon this season, leading the team in attacks (1077) and kills (370). The sophomore ranks second in the RMAC in total kills, third in total attacks, fifth in attacks per set (10.07), seventh in kills per set (3.46) and eighth in points per set (3.87).
Winkler collects her first career all-conference nod, garnering a spot on the honorable mention team. The sophomore teamed up with Lattin to form one of the most dominating blocking duos in the conference. Winkler ranks third in the RMAC and 31st in the nation in total blocks (115) and sixth in the league in blocks per set (1.04).
The trio of Lattin, Perez and Winkler become CSU-Pueblo's first all-conference award winners since Bernadette Pitre was tabbed to the second team in 2011.
Lattin, Perez and Winkler and the rest of the ThunderWolves take to the floor Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the RMAC Volleyball Tournament. The No. 5 seed Pack travel to face No. 4 seed Regis University at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the semifinals against the winner of No. 1 seed Colorado Mesa University and No. 8 seed University of Colorado Colorado Springs Friday.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.