1992 All-Anne Arundel County volleyball team The first team

November 25, 1992

* Catherine Kirk, Severna Park, senior, hitter -- Kirk wasn't just one of the top players in the county; she had few rivals in the state. The 5-foot-11 hitter is "the only reason that we're state champions," said coach Tim Dunbar. She had 142 kills, including 14 in the state final, and a team-leading 58 blocks. She also led the team with a hitting efficiency of .685 percent and was second with 59 aces.

* Anne Chicorelli, Old Mill, senior, hitter -- On a team blessed with height and skill, Chicorelli really stood tall. The 6-foot hitter had more than 100 kills and 46 blocks while creating an intimidating presence at the net. "She is such a strong, powerful hitter," said coach Patti DeMarco. "She came through a lot in the clutch for us. She was dominating at the net. She's an accomplished hitter and blocker."

* Julie Kasprzak, Severna Park, junior, hitter -- Called "our most pleasant surprise" by Dunbar, Kasprzak wasn't assured a place in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season. But the 5-9 hitter earned a spot and kept it with a team-high 158 kills -- including 15 in the state final -- and a third-best total of 50 aces. Few players in the state had a more powerful spike. "She became our big gun outside," Dunbar said.

* Pam Patterson, South River, junior, hitter -- Perhaps no player was relied on more heavily that Patterson, 6 feet. The proof is in the numbers: 388 successful attacks and 200 kills, including 15 in the region semifinals. She also had 28 blocks, 22 digs, 15 aces and served at 91 percent efficiency. She did it all for South River, even with opposing defenses constantly geared toward stopping her. "She was a real leader; she took charge out there," said coach Melissa Diehlmann.

* Jen Conner, Severna Park, junior, hitter -- Fourteen of Conner's 100 kills came in the state final, when she rescued Severna Park with her play at the net. "She was always able to turn it up a notch, two notches," said Dunbar. The 5-9 hitter, bothered by injuries for part of the season, also had 28 aces in 49 games.

* Amy Langville, Archbishop Spalding, senior, hitter/setter -- Easily the most valuable player on Spalding's Catholic League tournament championship team, Langville had 94 kills in 13 games. The total was kept down by her frequent setting. Langville, 5-9, made good on 86 percent of her serves, had 235 BTC hits and 30 blocks. "People were fooled by her height. She jumps higher than a lot of 6-footers can," said coach Linda Taylor. "Undeniably, she was a strong asset for me in the front row."

* Jaime Pirotte, Severna Park, senior, setter -- Dunbar hasn't hesitated to call on Pirotte, who had 523 assists (9.02 a game), the best setter in the state. On a team full of prolific hitters -- the Falcons had 842 kills -- Pirotte was the Falcon who "ran the show." The 5-7 senior was an astute server, as well, with a team-leading 64 aces. "She has nice, soft hands and she's very deceptive," Dunbar said. "She was able to effectively run the offense and get the ball to so many different hitters."

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