By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Laurel Otto will have an opportunity to take her talents to the next level on the court and in the rodeo arena. Committing to Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario in Eastern Oregon, fulfilling a goal she set when she was younger.
“I’m very excited to be playing at the next level, this is a goal I set at a young age when I started playing. I love the sport and am very thankful I have the opportunity to continue to play in college,” said Otto. “I think at this next level it will improve my game tremendously. My high school coach who also coached me a couple years in club also, Lori Ramsey has helped me get to where I am at today and has always shared my goal of making it to college volleyball.
“I’ve been at Scio since I was in preschool and to represent Scio at a college level now is just an amazing feeling. I will also be representing Scio on their Rodeo team at TVCC competing in barrels and goats.”
Otto was a second-team All-PacWest Conference selection for the Loggers who went 4-8 overall and 3-5 in the PacWest.
The Chukars went 23-16 in 2019 and 11-5 in the NWAC East Region. Treasure Valley didn’t play during the Covid-shortened season this past school year. The Chuks rodeo team held their season between March 27 and April 30 with one team win and two runner-up finishes in the Blue Mountain Region this past Spring.
It’ll be a challenge juggling the year-round demand of rodeo with volleyball, but it’s something Otto is excited about moving forward.
“It’ll keep me busy with both sports, but I’ll be doing what I love so I can’t complain,” Otto said.