PUEBLO, Colo. (November 17, 2015) – Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) has added another accolade to her impressive career. The Colorado State University-Pueblo middle blocker earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Lattin and Pack outside hitter Mariangel Perez (Jr., Catia La Mar, Venezuela) both received First-Team All-RMAC Honors for the second consecutive season.
Lattin won Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in blocks per set, averaging 1.54 rejections per game. Her average stands almost .4 blocks per game better than her closest competition in the RMAC and ranks second in the nation.
Three times this season, Lattin won RMAC Defensive Player of the Week. She broke her own school records in total blocks with 151 rejections, which places her fifth in the nation.
Lattin also set the CSU-Pueblo record in solo blocks with 47, a number that ranks second in the nation. She also tied the CSU-Pueblo record for blocks in a match with an 11 rejection performance against Westminster Oct. 10, her second double-digit blocking effort this season.
Offensively, Lattin has put together a career season with a .305 hitting percentage. This .305 hitting clip ranks her fourth in the RMAC. The senior's hitting percentage also puts her in third place in school history among qualified hitters. Lattin also knocked down 2.65 kills/set.
Perez leads the Pack with 3.24 kills per set. The junior ranks eighth in the RMAC in this category. Mariangel's 3.24 kills per set ranks eighth in CSU-Pueblo history as well. Perez has collected double-digit kills in 22 of her 26 matches this season.
Perez contributes defensively with 3.02 digs per set. With her digging ability, Perez has accumulated 12 double-doubles this season.
At the net, Perez has swatted away 30 shots this season for a CSU-Pueblo team that leads the RMAC in blocks per set with 2.53. The Pack ranks 12th in country in blocks per set as a team.
Lattin and Perez both earned First Team All-RMAC honors a season ago, marking the first time in school history that two players have earned First-Team honors in back-to-back seasons. They are the first players since Angie Wintz in 1996-97 to claim First-Team honors in consecutive years.
Follow Lattin, Perez and the rest of the Pack as they play in the first round of the RMAC Tournament Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Colorado School of Mines.
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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.