Saltzman chooses Maryland

December 10, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Shannon Saltzman, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro volleybal Player of the Year, announced she will attend the University of Maryland on a full volleyball scholarship.

Saltzman, a 6-foot senior who led Centennial High School to two consecutive state championships and two perfect seasons, plans to sign a letter of intent Feb. 3.

"Every time I visited Maryland, I found something else I liked," said Saltzman, who decided she wanted to attend an East Coast college, preferably an Atlantic Coast Conference school.

Saltzman said she seriously considered North Carolina State, North Carolina and Clemson.

"Their [Maryland's] program is really strong," said Saltzman, who plans to study math and engineering.

"I like the fact that I'd be playing in the state. And I really wanted to play Division I volleyball in the ACC. Maryland has all those things."

Maryland also has a program that is coming of age. Under five-year coach Janice Kruger, the Terrapins were 25-9 this year and qualified for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship tournament, after finishing third in the conference. The Terps, who have had four straight winning seasons under Kruger, won the conference championship in 1990.

Kruger declined to comment on Saltzman, citing the NCAA rule that prohibits coaches from talking publicly about recruits until the school receives the signed letter of intent.

Saltzman's announcement closes a chapter on a remarkable high school career. Three years ago, when friends and Centennial coach Bill Shook convinced her to give volleyball a try, Saltzman was a tall, awkward player who had trouble hitting the ball properly.

By her junior year, though, Saltzman had become the most intimidating hitter in Howard County. From her middle hitter/blocker position, she had 149 kills and 40 point blocks to lead the Eagles to a state title.

This year, Saltzman led the team with 152 kills and 52 point blocks, as Centennial went 19-0 and lost only three of 69 games.

"If it wasn't for Sandy [Palasek, a Centennial teammate] pulling me in and Mr. Shook teaching me all he did, I wouldn't be here today," Saltzman said.

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