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Wrangler News 2014-15


It was released over the weekend that Kya Standford, our soph- omore Middle Hitter, earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for the 2014 Tyler Junior College Tournament.  Standford, a co-captain for the 2014 squad, is currently ranked 4th in the WJCAC West conference standings in total blocks. 

Congratulations Kya – Keep up the good work!






Kya Standford

From Grand Prairie, TX





Congratulations to our very own Karina Cannon on being a recipient of the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award! 
Coach Cannon is receiving this award for this last 2013-14 season/year.

Karina Cannon is beginning her third year as the assistant coach at Odessa College. After two successful seasons assisting Coach Prickett in achieving two Region 5 West Championships, a 5th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2014 and honored the NJCAA West Region Coaching staff of the year in 2013.

The Australian born national is no stranger to Odessa College as 2003 marked the beginning of her student-athletic career as a Wrangler. Pitching Odessa College to a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2005, she was named NJCAA first team All-American and NFCA third team All-American. She also earned NJCAA all-tournament honors, WJCAA region MVP and WJCAA first team all-conference accolades whilst playing for Coach Prickett.

After accepting a scholarship to the University of Utah she finished with NCAA All Conference, All Tournament Team, Conference MVP and Pitcher of the Year. Once graduating with a Bachelors Degree in exercise and sports science she returned to Australia to begin her 2008 season for the NSW Opens team. The team earned 2 Edebone-Weber Shields, 2 Audrey McLaughlin Cups and 1 National Championship called the 'Gilleys Shield' over three seasons. The team made Australian softball history for collecting all three titles in one year.

In 2009, Karina was selected into the Australian Invitational Team where she was awarded Pitcher of the Series. Karina was a proud representative of the Australian National Team knows as "Aussie Spirit". Fortunate enough to compete in the 2010 ISF World Championships in held in Venezuela, the Canada Cup, and the USA Cup, she also competed in 3 seasons of the Italian Professional Softball League in Italy, winning 1 Italian Championship and a 2nd place finish at the European Championships.

Her coaching career began with the NSW 19/U State team in 2010 under  the leadership of Darrin Crisp, Michelle Nancarrow and Sue Pobjie where her enthusiasm to pursue coaching as a career was ignited, the team achieved 3 Australian National Championships in all 3 years she were coaching.

The youngest daughter of Ross and Sue Cannon, sister to Kirsty and loving aunty to Hayley who all still reside in Sydney, Australia. Her family must be recognized as her ultimate support group.




Two lady Wranglers earned recognition in the 3rd Annual Wrangler Classic over the weekend.  There were 7 teams participating in the volleyball Tournament, and each team had 2 players make the All-Tournament Team.  Blinn College technically had 3 recipients – having their Libero earn “Libero of the Tournament” recognition.

Alexis Aguirre –is a co-captain for the OC Lady Wranglers this year.  The 5’7” freshman setter from Artesia, New Mexico posted 73 set assists, 8 kills, 25 digs,  and 3 service aces over the weekend.

Ni’Yesha Brown – is a 6’0” outside hitter from Newark, California.  Brown posted 42 kills, 3 service aces, 3 total blocks, and 27 digs over the weekend. 

The entire list of recipients is below:

Trinity Alualu #7 OH – Blinn College
Jaeda Allen #4 OH – Blinn College
Raelynn Soliz #8 Setter – Coastal Bend
Geneva Perez #14 MB – Coastal Bend
Shelby Bartley #9 MB – Midland College
DeeAnn Greenhey #5 OH – Midland College
Alexis Aguirre #7 Setter – Odessa College
Ni’Yesha Brown #9 OH – Odessa College
Judy Lopez #4 S/OH – SW Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Brittney Breedlove #11 Setter – SW Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Morgan Lewis #4 MB – Tyler JC
Abby Mackey #7 OH – Tyler JC
Brook Conley #21 Setter – Vernon College
Brittney Owens #15 OH – Vernon College

Libero of the Tournament – Alyssa LaMont #14 Blinn College


Congratulations to two OC Wrangler volleyball players-
Lidija Mamic and Kya Standford, both middle hitters for Odessa College, earned All-Tournament recognition at the “Day of Labor Classic” at Temple College August 29th and 30th.

Lidija Mamic, a 6’2” freshman from Split, Croatia – is hitting a .346 out of the 8 matches OC has played.  At the Temple Tournament, she had 24 attack attempts and only 1 error.  She also had 25 total blocks on the weekend.


Kya Standford, a 5’10” sophomore from Grand Prairie, TX – is hitting a .380 out of the 8 matches OC has played.  At the Temple Tournament, she had 24 total kills and 23 total blocks on the weekend.

Well done Wranglers!






2014-15 Lady Wranglers Volleyball

The NJCAA D-I preseason volleyball polls were released yesterday (August 19, 2014) and for the first time the Odessa College Wranglers are officially ranked #14.  (The program has been recognized a number of occasions the last 2 seasons as “receiving votes”, but this is the first time for the squad to tap into the top 20.)

The Wranglers take off to Roswell, NM tomorrow to play 4 matches (2 Friday & 2 Saturday) – the first match of the tournament for OC is against preseason ranked #19 Hutchinson Community College (Kansas.)  The link to the list of the top 20 poll is below:

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