Vikings looking to make a move to top Mount Hebron 1993 high school volleyball preview

September 10, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

Finishing close behind perennial county champion Centennial has become such a stale topic for Mount Hebron that Vikings coach Jeanine McCrumb wouldn't mind her fellow coaches mentioning Mount Hebron as the team to beat this fall.

"I feel more confident this year that Centennial is beatable," said McCrumb, whose Vikings squad finished 15-4 last year and won its third consecutive 2A state championship. "Bill [Shook] is a good coach and Centennial always has a great team, but talent-wise we are a little more even this year."

McCrumb's reason for optimism is the return of first-team All-County hitter Kelly Quinn.

The Vikings junior slowly assumed team-leadership duties a year ago, when she made the transition from having great promise to being one of the county's most dominant players.

"There is no question in my mind that she should be Player of the Year this season," McCrumb said.

To achieve her coach's top preseason billing, Quinn will need to adjust to the setter position.

After becoming the county's top hitter and passer last year, Quinn should be up to her new position's challenge, McCrumb said, because "she possesses a lot of natural ability, quickness and great hands."

Quinn still might get opportunities as the team's top hitter if McCrumb decides to alternate her with junior Lia Kalterider, who blossomed last year after playing sparingly as a freshman.

An all-around, fundamentally sound player who finished among the county's top 10 in passing, Kalterider will be the Eagles' right-side hitter who will set at times when McCrumb employs a 6-2 set.

For further stability, McCrumb has two returning junior middle players in Dani Vissers and Kathy Doyle. Leading a pack of underclassmen is Kerry Quinn, Kelly's younger sister and the only freshman on the varsity roster.

"We had about 25 freshmen come out for junior varsity, and JTC Kerry could do quite well at that level, but she is able to handle this level of competition and isn't afraid of being in her big sister's shadow," McCrumb said.

McCrumb, who opted, for instructional purposes, to keep a squad of 11 players as opposed to 15, said she does not see Hebron or any other team running away with the county volleyball title.

"There's going to be a lot more splits, a lot more neck-and-neck matches," said McCrumb, who added that, even with Mount Hebron's move to Class 3A, anything less than a spot in the playoffs would be a disappointment.

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