Players to watch 1993 high school volleyball preview

September 10, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto and Katherine Dunn

Carly Cangiano, Centennial, Sr. -- The last freshman to make the Eagles' varsity, Cangiano has the all-around ability to step in for graduated Metro Player of the Year Shannon Saltzman. An almost unstoppable hitter, she knows how to frustrate the blockers. Once selected to the United States Volleyball Association's 14-and-under elite camp, Cangiano has a vicious jump serve.

Adelle Chenier, Wilde Lake, Jr. -- Has ability to dominate at the net, and with her basketball coach Kelli Rosati taking over the Wildecats' program and instilling tougher discipline, Chenier could turn promise into All-County performances.

Elisa Davidson, Glenelg, Soph. -- A tremendous vertical leap makes Davidson a powerful threat even at 5 feet 8. Her setting, however, might be her most important contribution, because the Gladiators struggled in that area a year ago. With good court sense, she can set just about anything.

Marisa Davidson, Glenelg, Sr. -- An All-County hitter last year, Davidson, 6-0, was the key player in the county's most dramatic turnaround. She led the team with 159 kills and also had 45 aces and 29 point blocks. Solid in every facet of the game, she and her sister Elisa could take the Gladiators a long way this season.

Mona Jackson, Howard, Jr. -- Although she never has played the organized sport before, Jackson has the ability to clear the net easily and become one of the county's top kill leaders. Her all-around game is still not where she would like it to be. She is an outstanding basketball player.

Lia Kalterider, Mount Hebron, Jr. -- An all-around player who assumes the top hitting chores from teammate Kelly Quinn, she was among the county's top 10 passing leaders as a sophomore. Should move to setter position, switching with Quinn, when Vikings employ a 6-2 alignment.

Sonia Keiner, Hammond, Sr. -- An All-County pick as a sophomore, Keiner is the focal point of the Bears team. A powerful, accurate hitter, she can set, pass and serve just as well. Keiner (5-10) might play every minute.

Robin McGraw, Atholton, Sr. -- Able to play any position on the court, McGraw is the only returning starter for the Raiders. A solid all-around player with great court sense, McGraw (5-11) recorded 28 kills in a single match last season.

Kelly Quinn, Mount Hebron, Sr. -- The county's top hitter and passer a year ago moves to the Vikings' setter position, where coach Jeannine McCrumb expects her to become the county's Player of the Year. Possesses natural ability, including quickness and great hands.

Carrie Shadrick, Centennial, Sr. -- The top athlete for the Eagles, Shadrick is the hub of the action. She's the one who makes the hitters look good, because she can put the ball where they want it. With great quickness, strength and endurance, Shadrick can set just about any pass and has a wicked jump serve.

Krisha Svehla, Centennial, Jr. -- With great upper-body strength, Svehla can pound the ball down at a sharp angle. If she improves her jump a bit, she could be even more devastating. A good back-row player, she is a strong, consistent blocker.

Melissa Singleton, Oakland Mills, Sr. -- Led the Scorpions in nearly every statistical category last fall, including kills (78), kill-to-hitting percentage, serves and aces. A co-captain a year ago who resumes her team leadership role this season.

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