Uttenreither a winner on, off court 1992 All-Baltimore County/Baltimore City volleyball team Player of the Year

November 25, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Catonsville's Karla Uttenreither has a tough decision to make in the next few months -- where she'll go to college.

When she finally decides, the Comets' star will make one college volleyball coach very happy. Not only is Uttenreither a Division I -- prospect, but she's the kind of student a coach never has to worry about.

She plans to study genetic biology, and she is certainly up to the task. She carries a 4.0 grade-point average and is president of the school's National Honor Society.

On the volleyball court, she is equally impressive. Uttenreither's all-around game is so outstanding, that few can come close to matching it.

An All-Metro first-team pick last season, Uttenreither is an easy choice as The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County/Baltimore City Volleyball Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-8 senior, who hits with tremendous power, led the No. 5 Comets (14-2) to their 12th regional championship and into the state Class 3A semifinal match, where they fell to Walter Johnson.

Uttenreither had 165 kills during the season, a 10.1 average per match. Her serving was nearly perfect. She only missed five and finished with a 97 percent serving average while recording 26 aces.

A three-year starter who played the front line as a freshman, Uttenreither has honed her skills by playing year-round with the Capital Volleyball Club.

"Her all-around skills are very refined," said Catonsville coach Debbie Clem. "She has good fundamentals, good power and she can hit many kinds of sets."

Despite her accomplishments, Uttenreither, who also plays basketball and tennis at Catonsville, remains quiet and unassuming.

"She's not the kind you look at and think she knows she's so good," said Clem. "Karla's attitude is excellent. She doesn't get upset if she misses a couple. She's just steady and calm and she's a real team player."

Uttenreither has narrowed her college choices down to eight and is studying how she would fit in at each, athletically and academically.

"I want to play in college, but I'm more intent on getting an education," said Uttenreither.

"I can't really see myself playing when I get out of college. I don't think I would make any of the national teams or an Olympic team, but that's not even a goal. There are other things I want to do."

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