Lizzie Binder has been named conference volleyball player of the year for the second straight season, which is believed to be a first in Sheboygan.
The North senior was tabbed co-player of the year – the Fox River Valley Conference always picks two girls – after already being selected to the all-state second team for the alternative fall season.
The Cal State Bakersfield holds the school record for most kills and was two digs shy of averaging a triple double this season (kills and assists).
Coach Chad Kuck says getting the award is well deserved during a rough year.
“Our record wasn’t as good as usual, we struggled off and on, but she was pretty solid all year,” he said.
This is the third year in a row Binder made first-team all-FRCC.
Two Golden Raiders also received honorable mention.
Senior middle hitter Taylor Bulkow improved her stats in blocks and kills, and also become a serving force, says Kuck.
“She worked real hard in the offseason to get better at all three, and really helped us this year,” he said.
Senior Katie Goebel, a libero, is compared to an old-school volleyball player by her coach.
“Like has the big knee pads, sacrifices her body, does anything for her team,” Kuck said. “I always make fun of her saying she’s straight out of the 80s.”
SOUTH’S TWO HONORED
Junior Maddie Ognacevic earned a spot on the second team and senior Corinne Pfeifer received honorable mention.
Ognacevic, who ranked fifth in the league in blocks, sixth in digs and 10th in kills, was selected co-most valuable player of the Redwings with Pfeifer.
“Maddie is a great role model to other girls in our program and is no doubt a strong force on the volleyball court,” coach Abby Sigler said. “She was the only junior voted as team captain, and demonstrated strong leadership skills throughout the entire season. She is willing to step into any role and always wants to do what is best for the team. I am very excited to have her back for one more season this fall.”