McPherson's success is on time Coach of the Year 1992 All-Baltimore County/Baltimore City volleyball team

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

This was an Olympic year and a presidential election year, so, of course, 1992 also was a championship season for Loch Raven's volleyball team.

Every four years since Carol McPherson took over the volleyball program in 1980, the Raiders have won Baltimore County championships. They won in 1984 and 1988 and, right on schedule, they won again this year.

McPherson's squad overcame a lack of unity and several injuries to go unbeaten against Baltimore County opponents. During the regular season, the No. 9 Raiders lost one match -- in five games to Bel Air -- but they were missing both starting setters.

"Our biggest challenge was ourselves," said McPherson, The Baltimore Sun's Baltimore County/Baltimore City Volleyball Coach of the Year.

"At the beginning of the season, our main goals were to learn to be mentally tough and to develop team unity. We worked hard on that and it was very evident in the county championship that we had done what we set out to do," McPherson said.

The Raiders peaked for the county championship. They played almost flawlessly and took less than an hour to beat Perry Hall, 15-4, 15-11, 15-5, in the title match.

Four days later, however, the Raiders suffered a letdown, falling to eventual state champ Mount Hebron in a Class 2A regional semifinal.

McPherson will lose 10 seniors from this year's team, and will have to rebuild next fall, but she's used to that. It's happened every year after a county title.

McPherson, whose squads won state titles in 1987 and 1988, never played competitive volleyball, but that hasn't stopped her from being an excellent coach.

"I think I have very good kinesthetic perception," said McPherson. "I can analyze things and help somebody else to improve her skills. I can't get my body to do those things, but I can help other people to do things if they have the athletic ability."

The Alabama native has had excellent success developing promising underclassmen into outstanding juniors and seniors.

She has more than a half-dozen Loch Raven graduates presently playing in college, including Loyola's Tara Vinje, the Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Year in 1991.

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