Players to watch 1993 high school volleyball preview

September 10, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Julie Barr, Broadneck, Sr. -- A second-team All-County selection, Barr was a perfect complement to Player of the Year Julie Scott. Scott is gone, so Barr's performance will be even more important. The 5-foot-10 hitter had more than 100 kills last season and "will be a force to be reckoned with," said coach Glenn Brainer.

Jen Conner, Severna Park, Sr. -- Conner (5-9) had 100 kills, including 14 in the state final. She often rescued the Falcons with her play at the net. Bothered by injuries much of the season, Conner also had 28 aces. If she stays healthy, she will dominate. Conner was first-team All-County last year.

Katie Forthofer, Broadneck, Jr. -- Forthofer (5-11) had more than 75 kills last season, and she did it "in a quiet way," Brainer said. She appears ready to make some noise this year and become one of the county's better players. "Katie's an emerging star," Brainer said.

Heather Hutson, Glen Burnie, Jr. -- Hutson (5-9) was a second-team All-County selection after compiling 95 kills, 47 aces and 254 assists. She remains the best player on Glen Burnie's team, and the best hope for the Gophers' re-emergence as a postseason threat. "She's an excellent player. She looks better and better all the time," said coach Juanita Milani.

Julie Kasprzak, Severna Park, Sr. -- Often overlooked in the past because of Severna Park's tremendous talent, Kasprzak emerges as one of the area's premier players. Last season, she had a team-high 158 kills -- including 15 in the state final -- and a third-best total of 50 aces. Coach Tim Dunbar called the 5-9 hitter "our most pleasant surprise."

Carrie Parsons, Spalding, Sr. -- Parsons (5-11) gives Spalding height, and gives coach Linda Taylor the option of using her as a hitter or setter. Either way, she will help ease the loss of first-team All-County setter/hitter Amy Langville. Last year, Parsons had 156 hits and 48 kills.

Pam Patterson, South River, Sr. -- The 6-0 outside hitter carried South River to a second straight appearance in the region playoffs with 388 successful attacks and 200 kills, including 15 in the region semifinals. A first-team All-County selection, she also had 28 blocks, 22 digs and 15 aces and served at 91 percent efficiency. A strong candidate for the county's Player of the Year honors.

Stacey Thomas, South River, Sr. -- Thomas (5-9) will replace departed second-team All-County setter Gretchen Sullivan. A valuable contributor in the past, she takes on greater importance this fall. Blessed with "great hands," said coach Melissa Diehlmann, and having attended a setter's camp over the summer, Thomas could emerge as one of the top players at her position.Kim Woody, Chesapeake, Sr. -- Coach Donna Zemke calls Woody (5-8) one of Chesapeake's "power hitters." If she plays well, the Cougars have a good chance to improve on last year's 3-12 record. And Woody can help in other ways, too. "I look for her to be one of our strongest leaders, our captain," Zemke said.

Susan Wren, Severna Park, Sr. -- A testament to Severna Park's talent is that Wren was a reserve last season. But with Jaime Pirotte's having graduated, Wren moves into the starting lineup, where she already rates as one of the top setters in the metro area. She led her high school team in Alabama to the state finals as a sophomore before transferring to Severna Park last year.

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