Coach, player of year are from South



It is believed Sheboygan South’s volleyball program has never had a conference coach or player of the year – until now.

Congratulations, Abby Sigler and senior Maddie Ognacevic.

Sigler was chosen after the Redwings took second in the Fox River Classic Conference with a 7-2 record (their most league wins since 2007).

MADDIE OGNACEVIC had quite a year. – Photo by Lisa Reed

“It was definitely an honor and I wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “But I think the most important thing that came out of the award is it’s not just about me being coach of the year, I consider it more of a program award where we’re getting the recognition for everybody involved that’s been working really hard the past three years to build this program up. Through trainings, and camps, and countless hours of working together in the gym. And like I said, the award I received really goes back to the entire program.

“It just shows if you do work hard and continue to build a positive atmosphere in the program, it’s going to pay off on the court. It was a great season. We had a couple of moments where things didn’t go our way, but we still ended up second in the conference.”

Ognacevic was selected as the co-player of the year and earned first-team all-conference status after making the second team last season.

Her coach says she was always the dominant player in every league game.

“So it’s no surprise to me, she had an unanimous selection as well for first-team all-conference, so it was very clear all the other coaches in the conference recognized her presence on the court,” Sigler said.

Ognacevic ranked third in kills and ninth in digs in the FRCC, and was among the leaders in every other category.

“Even though she wasn’t first, it was the fact that she was consistent in all other areas as well: aces, blocking, assists,” Sigler said. “She was recognized as one of the top players for that reason.”

Teammate also honored

South senior Lucero Velazquez garnered all-conference second team after ranking second in assists and seventh in kills.

“She was definitely another go-to player, with an extremely strong serve,” her coach said. “She was able to be out on the court every single play, all the way around, and just like Maddie, they both were just consistent, hard-working players that helped their team be successful this year.”


KYA GAHIJI also had a fine season. – Photo by Hannah Miller

Two girls made all-conference in junior Kya Gahiji (first team) and senior Alice Revelli (honorable mention).

Gahiji led the squad in kills for first-year coach Alicia Phephles, who was asked to recall her first impression of the standout.

“That she could jump out of the gym,” Phephles said. “She has a great vertical and just that she was smiling all the time. She’s a very happy girl.”

Gahiji knows how to put the ball away and plays phenomenal defense, too.

“She’s a six-rotation player who never comes off the court,” Phephles said. “I think that definitely stood out to all of the other coaches.”

Revelli, a foreign-exchange student from Italy, led the Golden Raiders in digs and has a phenomenal knowledge of the game that she has been playing a long time, according to her coach.

“She’s pretty much unstoppable on defense, is fearless and dives after anything,” Phephles said. “Not a lot hits the floor in her area.”

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