Piper, Tabatha

Piper, Tabatha


Tabatha Piper left as one of the more decorated student-athletes to attend Otterbein. A 5’11” setter, Piper wasted no time making an impact on the volleyball court in helping the Cardinals play to a 79-22 record over her three seasons. The squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament every year, including winning the program’s first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championship in 2012.


Also a standout for the women’s basketball team, it was no problem for Piper to join her basketball teammates just days after volleyball season ended. The Cards went a smooth 41-14 in her first-two years, marking the only time in program history that the team accomplished back-to-back 20-win seasons. Piper helped guide the team to the OAC Tournament Championship game as a sophomore prior to the program being selected for its first-ever NCAA appearance.


Piper made OAC history in 2011-12 as the first athlete to ever earn “Freshman of the Year” honors in two different sports. In 2012, she became the first Otterbein volleyball player to be voted to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American team, receiving third team distinction. She received the honor yet again as a junior, a season that saw her break the school's all-time assists record with 3,391 for her three-year run.


Piper surprised many by choosing not to play either sport her senior year, but still finished as a combined five-time All-OAC selection, two-time All-American and memorable contributor to Otterbein athletics. Overall, her teams posted a record of 127-55 across both sports.