Realignment appears to make 4A race tougher Broadneck takes a step down, but faces new challenge in 3A 1993 high school volleyball preview

September 10, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

When Broadneck moved down in classification this year, it appeared to open the door for another Class 4A county team to waltz into the playoffs.

Or did the door slam shut?

Broadneck's departure and a subsequent realignment have placed Calvert and Northern-Calvert in the same region as Annapolis, Arundel, Chesapeake, Glen Burnie, Meade, North County, Old Mill and Severna Park. And Queen Anne's -- 9-5 last season -- also is included in the mix.

Northern-Calvert has lost to Severna Park in the past two 4A state finals, and the Patriots are expected to make another strong push for the title.

"Getting into the regionals is probably going to be harder than ever," said Glen Burnie coach Juanita Milani. "You can't count anybody out."

South River also dropped in classification, going from 3A to 2A. But coach Melissa Diehlmann said, "We expect to give some bigger schools a run for their money."

# Let the race begin.

Annapolis Panthers

With her team coming off a one-win season, Annapolis coach Karla McMahon said, "We can only hope to improve this year."

A couple of elements seem to be working in the Panthers' favor -- more experience than last season, and greater height.

Four seniors are back -- Christina Aluzzo (5 feet 5), Katie Colegrove (5-0), Uyen Do (5-2) and Janelle Queen (5-8) -- along with sophomore returnee Ginny Dauses (5-6).

The group of newcomers is led by 5-10 senior Marni McGarry and 5-9 senior Erica Hunt.

"We have height this year that in the past we haven't had," McMahon said.

Also new to the varsity are seniors Taegan Doyle (5-6) and Patricia Nevils (5-3), juniors Dayna Lewnes (5-6) and Erin Lund (5-6) and sophomore Bridgid Duffy (5-6).

"A lot of these girls have been playing together for a couple years now," McMahon said. "I have a lot of seniors on the team this year, so I'm hoping that experience will help. We didn't graduate too many seniors last year. We had a pretty young team. This one has a lot more experience."

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

The euphoria of winning the Catholic League Tournament last season has given way to the realization that Archbishop Spalding lost nine players to graduation and is practically starting over.

Coach Linda Taylor is left with three returnees: senior setter/hitter Carrie Parsons (5-11), junior defender Dana Siemek (5-4) and sophomore setter/hitter Crystal Henderson (5-5).

Parsons had 156 hits and 48 kills last year. Henderson served at 82 percent efficiency.

"Losing nine players really will test this team," Taylor said. "The two things they have to work on most are communication and teamwork, but they're learning fast."

The Cavaliers have to learn to get by without first-team All-County hitter/setter Amy Langville, "one of the best athletes ever to go through Spalding," Taylor said.

"We're really going to miss her, but I expect Carrie and Crystal to step in for her offensively. I expect them to be a dominant force in the Catholic League."

A potential force arrived to the varsity in a 6-2 package. Courtney Parker, a junior hitter who gives Spalding instant height, missed most of last year because of a hip injury and ended up on the junior varsity.

Two other additions are junior defender Christine Zayas (5-5) and freshman hitter Crystal Ray (5-9).

"These girls have got to get to know each other," Taylor said. "It's like putting a bunch of new people together. There is a lot of talent coming up from the JV, though. I believe we will be competitive in the league."

Arundel Wildcats

Arundel didn't make the playoffs last year at 7-8, and the Wildcats will be hard-pressed to get there this season.

Coach Lee Rogers lost all but two players from last year -- seniors Jen Plummer (5-6) and Wilma Dulla (4-11). This will be Plummer's first year as a setter.

The roster contains 10 newcomers to the varsity.

"We're rather young and I don't know how we're going to be," Rogers said. "I think we'll be competitive with the enthusiasm they've displayed at practice, but how many games we'll win, I don't know."

Joining the varsity are senior Nicole Richmond (5-7), juniors Yiru Zhou (5-6), Gwen Dulla (5-5), Christine Holland (5-9) and Pauline Ciszewski (5-7), and sophomores Shawna Gooding (5-6), Jessica Palatka (5-7), Jen Mottar (5-8), Kristen Neimiller (5-6) and Lisa Vinson (5-4).

Gooding is a transfer from Old Mill, and Ciszewski arrived from Greece.

"We're rebuilding," Rogers said. "I have a good mix of sophomores and a good mixture of juniors. Hopefully, we can be competitive and see what happens."

Broadneck Bruins

Broadneck finally escaped Severna Park's shadow by moving to the 3A level -- and runs straight into Centennial. If ever there was a team that can't buy a break, it's the Bruins. For Broadneck to win its new region, it will have to get past the state-champion Eagles and Mount Hebron, which moved up after claiming three 2A state titles in a row.

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