To say the least, the 2015 OHS volleyball teams turned in a successful campaign. All three clubs went undefeated in league play and the trio of teams – freshmen, JV and varsity – each won a Valley Oak League title.
On a recent Wednesday night, players, parents, coaches and friends gathered at the Gene Bianchi Community Center for the annual end of the year banquet.
The elegant, yet light hearted evening began with freshman coach Hannah Greene handing out awards to three of her young players. Best Offense was awarded to Brittany Bye, Best Defense was presented to Chloe Greenwood and Lily Kendig took home the Mustang Award for her leadership on the team.
Junior Varsity coach Breanne Stever took the podium and began the awards for her impressive team. Jenna Armario earned the Best Defense award, while Courtney Dickens was named the recipient of the Best Offense award. The team’s leadership award known as the Mustang Award was earned by Alyssa Cogburn.
Rounding out the evening, first year varsity head coach Heather Gonzales stepped up to the podium and began to thank everyone who made her first year so memorable, from her coaching staff to players, parents and other supporters of the team. Gonzales announced a handful of her players as award winners. However, prior to the awards ceremony for the varsity team, members of the team stepped up to the podium and gave out “gag gifts” to other teammates. The gifts included humorous but sentimental items to each of the girls, from Airheads candies, to air fresheners, to hair bands.
Following the witty banter between teammates, Gonzales began handing out the hard earned hardware. First award handed out went to Savannah Rogers, for her defensive efforts, named as the Best Defensive Player. A difficult decision for Best Offensive Player saw the award going to a pair of Lady Mustangs, Abby Matoso and Isabella Cobarruvias. The Mustang Award went to Shaye Spani and the Impact Award went to senior Lauren Ott, who was also named Valley Oak League’s Most Valuable Player for 2015.