‘Iolani freshman Elena Oglivie was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Hawaii girls volleyball player of the year on Tuesday.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Oglivie as Hawaii’s best high school volleyball player. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter led ‘Iolani to its first state title since 2001 and was a MaxPreps Freshman All-American while finishing in the top three for national freshman of the year honors.
“She did the most for her team at the most crucial moments of their season,” said Alan Cabanting, head coach of Moanalua High. “I don’t know if they would have been able to win the state championship if she wasn’t playing as well as she did.”
Oglivie has maintained a 3.83 GPA in the classroom.
Oglivie joins recent Gatorade Hawaii Volleyball Players of the Year Bailey Choy (2015-16, ‘Iolani), McKenna Granato (2014-15, Punahou), Alohi Robins-Hardy (2013-14, Kamehameha), Carly Kan (2012-13, Punahou), Tayler Higgins (2011-12, Punahou), Misty Ma’a (2010-11, Kamehameha), Sarah Palmer (2009-10 & 2008-09, Hawaii Baptist Academy) and Kanani Herring (2007-08, Kamehameha) among the state’s list of former award winners.
As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Oglivie will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.