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ECC's Machado, Negron commit to Ottawa

ECC's Machado, Negron commit to Ottawa

Ellsworth Community College Panther volleyball players Keisha Machado and Maria Cristina Negron have signed national letters of intent to transfer and continue their volleyball careers at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS. Machado is an outside hitter from Manati, Puerto Rico, and Negron is a setter/right hitter from Camuy, Puerto Rico.

"I'm very glad we could advance these two successful student-athletes to the next level, and I'm happy they've found a home at Ottawa University," says ECC Head Volleyball Coach Melanie Suljic. "They've been successful at ECC both in the classroom and on the court, and nothing makes me happier as a coach than to see my athletes grow and continue to pursue their dreams. We wish them the best of luck!"

Machado played the last two seasons for ECC, and will graduate in May. She accumulated 387 kills in two seasons (ranking 2nd on the team this season), as well as 26 aces, 417 digs and 46 blocks over both seasons. Coach Suljic transitioned her to an outside hitter, and Machado played all six rotations this season. She was named to the 2014 All-Tournament Team for her post-season regional play efforts this season. She was also a contributor to the 2013 All-Academic Team honors the Panthers received last season, and hopefully will be a repeat winner for her efforts during the 2014 season. 

Negron transferred to ECC from Puerto Rico in January and will graduate this month. She trained with the Panthers during their spring season, and had one year of eligibility to compete this fall. Negron helped run ECC's 6-2 offense, setting in the back row and hitting in the front row. She was successful and versatile in all aspects of the game, accumulating 186 kills, 647 set assists, 31 aces, 238 digs and 39 blocks. 

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Photo caption: Keisha Machado (left) and Maria Cristina Negron (right), both of Puerto Rico, are pictured signing their national letters of intent with Ottawa University Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Blessington. Machado and Negron will transfer to Ottawa to continue their educations and volleyball careers after they graduate from ECC this spring.