Three high school volleyball players from Otero County will be a part of the Southern Colorado Precision as that team will participate in the 2020 USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship. The tournament will take place June 23-25 in Reno, Nev.

This is the first time that a team from Southern Colorado has been selected to play in the tournament.

Two of the girls are from Swink in Brooklyn Mueller and Edit Morales. Also on the team is Fowler's Avery Bouldin.

There are also athletes from La Veta, Walsenburg, Florence and Pueblo on the team.

The team had been playing earlier this spring and compiled a 19-3 record with two Rocky Mountain Region power first place finishes before the season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is one of my most dedicated groups of players, parents and supporters that I have had in my years of coaching and I just want them to be able to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity," said Precision coach Joel Hecht. "Especially my seniors! My seniors had their club season cancelled the day before our largest tournament. They missed out on prom, and most recently they had their graduations cancelled."

Mueller and Bouldin will play collegiate volleyball. Mueller will play at Colby (Kan.) Community College, while Bouldin will play at Otero Junior College.

Morales is a junior and will return to play for the Lady Lions this coming fall.

Also on the team are Florence's Sydnee Connors, Amanda Dotter and Shelby Faris, both of John Mall, La Veta's Nya Sciacca, Jalynn Sharp and Linsey Whipple, both of Pueblo East, Teyah Duran of Pueblo West, and Jessie Vallejos of Swallows Charter Academy.

Dotter and Whipple will both play at OJC. Connors will play at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, and Sciacca will play at Fort Lewis College.

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