Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • September 23, 2021
Hawaii’s Elena Oglivie And Team USA Place Fifth In U-20 volleyball world championships

Former ‘Iolani volleyball star Elena Oglivie continues to build experience at the national level.

Oglivie recently returned from a three-week trip that started with one week of training and wrapped up with the U-20 world championship tournament with Team USA in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Elena Oglivie followed through with a swing at the U-20 worlds.
(Image credit: USA Volleyball).

A 5-foot-10 libero and outside hitter, Oglivie and her teammates placed fifth, the U.S.’s highest placement in 10 years. A year ago, Oglivie was on the U-18 team that took the nation’s first world championship in that division.

In 2016 and 2018, Oglivie was named the Hawaii state player of the year by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, leading the Raiders to titles both times. She was the national freshman of the year in 2016. She missed part of her senior season competing for Team USA in the U-18 world championship in Egypt.

In the 2019 ILH playoffs, Oglivie had 41 kills in a five-set loss to Kamehameha that eliminated the Raiders from state tournament consideration.

Team USA’s U-20 team, with Hawaii’s Elena Oglivie (third person from left, bottom row). (Image credit: USA Volleyball).

Oglivie was one of 12 athletes from the Class of 2020 chosen for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor.

She’s going into her sophomore season at Stanford, where she is listed as a libero. As a freshman during a COVID-19 shortened season, she earned PAC-12 honorable mention honors.

Oglivie’s great uncle is Ben Oglivie, who played 16 years in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers.

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  • Glad to hear about Elena and what she is doing. Miss watching her play in Hawaii. Always fun to watch and a good role model. Way to represent Hawaii.

    • Yes, agreed. A great role model for Hawaii kids and I expect her career at Stanford to be a great one, too.

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