Panthers’ Albert repeats on All-ECC first team

fi Plymouth’s Huhn, Majerus, Goeser also honored
by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

SOPHIE ALBERT (5), Plymouth senior, was named to the All-ECC girls volleyball first team for the second straight season. The Panthers’ Brooke Frederickson watches. – Review file photo SOPHIE ALBERT (5), Plymouth senior, was named to the All-ECC girls volleyball first team for the second straight season. The Panthers’ Brooke Frederickson watches. – Review file photo Senior Sophie Albert of Plymouth was voted to the All-East Central Conference girls volleyball first team by the league coaches for the second straight year.

The Panthers’ other All-ECC players are sophomore Cece Huhn, an outside hitter, on the second team and senior Emily Majerus, a libero (back-row specialist), and senior Megan Goeser, a middle blocker, on the honorable-mention squad.

“Sophie really worked hard to again get this [All-ECC] honor. When other coaches scout our team they definitely know Sophie. She has been our go-to for three years,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn.

“Not the biggest outside hitter [Albert is 5-feet-10] out there but very smart and very athletic. I also believe her back-row play improved so much this year.

“She wasn’t just a big swing in the front but almost more importantly a constant stability in the back row. She is their [Panthers’] leader and their captain, and she ran the court and kept the girls together. I am really proud of how she performed and how she led her team,” said Huhn.

Albert led PHS in kills with 210 and ace serves, 65, for the overall season. She was a 94.1-percent server. Albert contributed 14 solo blocks, 312 digs and 91.9 percent in serve reception.

“We are very excited for Cece as a sophomore to get this second team. In a very strong ‘middle blocker-dominant’ conference she should be very proud of this honor,” said coach Huhn.

“Cece really matured throughout the season. But the end of the year she really was one of the girls we wanted to set. She can put the ball down with authority.

“Her block is also amazingly big with her ability to read the other side and anticipate where they will go. We are excited to see what lies ahead of her in her high school volleyball career.”

Huhn paced PHS in solo blocks with 71. She had 194 kills, 14 ace s and 56 digs. Huhn posted 94.6 percent in serving.

“Megan really has just worked so hard, not only this past year but all four of her years here. She has grown into a very physical presence and real threat in the front roe,” the coach observed.

“Her block gave so many girls trouble and really channeled the ball to our defense. She also was an incredible leader – one of our team-voted captains.

“She leads by example for sure but also really became our voice on the court this year.”

Goeser contributed 137 kills, 65 solo blocks, five aces and 34 digs. She had 95.3-percent serving accuracy.

“Emily is another one of our captains and another incredibly strong leader by example in how she carries herself on and off the court,” said the coach.

“Emily was such a strong component of our defense this year. She worked her way into the libero position and really owned that position throughout the year.

“We had a few libero athletes in the conference this year that were good players. I was so happy to see Emily get recognition, considering who she was up against [in All-ECC voting].”

Majerus led PHS in digs with 365 and serve reception with 94.9 percent. She was a 92.9-percent server with 50 aces.

“This [PHS players being named All-ECC] is great recognition for Plymouth. I am happy and proud of that conference place,” said coach Huhn whose team finished tied for second in the ECC with Waupun with 9-5 records.

Campbellsport senior Mackenzie Ebert, a middle hitter, was voted the league’s Player of the Year. Ebert, junior middle hitter Hannah Kuehl of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) and senior middle hitter Sadie Kosciuk of Winneconne are the unanimous first-team selections.

KML, which had a leaguehigh three first-team picks, won the ECC championship with a 14-0 dual record.

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