Girls teams at a glance 1993 high school volleyball preview

September 12, 1993|By Tara Finnegan

Aberdeen Eagles

1992 record: 2-12. Coach: Janie Robinson.

Top players: Marika Krejci, Sr.; Tanisha Moore, Sr.; Hazel Osborne, Sr.; Shawna Staten, Jr.

Outlook: Second-team All-County selection Krejci and Staten will be forces at the net with their hitting and blocking. The Eagles only lost two seniors from last year and have a lot of experience.

Bel Air Bobcats

1992 record: 10-4. Coach: Connie Fassett.

Top players: Amy Finlayson, Sr.; Kristi Meisler, Sr.; Katie Merrick, Jr.; Amy Whitsel, Jr.

Outlook: Finlayson, a first-team All-County selection, averaged 16 spikes per match last season and will be the Bobcats' top hitter. Bel Air lost only two seniors from last year's team that finished second to C. Milton Wright and will challenge the Mustangs for the county title.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1992 record: 15-1. Coach: Geoffrey Koger.

Top players: Jessica Henry, Sr.; Samantha Callis, Sr.; Heather Olson, Sr.; Christina Wilson, Sr.; Rebecca Mott, Sr.

Outlook: Mott and Callis will pace the attack with hard hitting up front, and Olson and Henry will be the key setters in the Mustangs' attempt to repeat as Harford County champions. Up and coming juniors Deanna Drecchio and Tara Greenwood are effective spikers andcould help rack up some points.

Edgewood Rams

1992 record: 11-4. Coach: Carey Wainwright.

Top players: Melissa Marcicola, Sr.; Erika Pleasant, Sr.; Anne Kelley, Sr.; Leah Braddy, Sr.; Dawn Rose, Sr.

Outlook: The Rams could surprise some teams in the county. They lost only three players from last year and return with an experienced squad, which includes seven seniors. Edgewood served at 80 percent as a team last year and once again should be a strong serving team.

Fallston Cougars

1992 record: 10-7. Coach: Debbie Driskill.

Top players: Tina DiFrancesca, Jr.; Blythe Hunsinger, Jr.; Kimberly Long, Sr.; Melissa Meyer, Jr.; Stephanie Weil, Jr.

Outlook: The Cougars are forced to rebuild after losing seven FTC starters, but this rookie team, which has five players returning from last year, is starting to gel. Transfer student Nicole Keary will do some setting, and the Cougars have eight freshmen who will gain experience as the season progresses.

Harford Technical Cobras

1992 record: 0-12. Coach: Mary Odachowski.

Top players: Melody Brammer, Sr.; Cassandra Golladay, Sr.; Janice Osborne, Jr.; Pam Surette, Jr.

Outlook: Behind the leadership of co-captains Osborne and Surette, the Cobras should improve from last season. Sophomore Karen Knoferle is a strong,

up-and-coming hitter and juniors Poppy Rupert and Jennifer Fischer are strong all-around passers and bumpers.

John Carroll Patriots

1992 record: 3-8. Coach: Greg Cullison.

Top players: Heather Pyzak, Jr; Laura Dembiec, Jr.; Missy Smith, Jr.

Outlook: The Patriots are a young team after losing seven to graduation, but should improve upon last season's performance. Sophomores Alex Stawicki, Jenny Bloom and Liz Donaru and freshmen Charlotte Wills and Shani Lee will see a lot of playing time.

Joppatowne Mariners

1992 record: 5-7. Coach: Ted Smith.

Top players: Kristin Conway, Sr.; Takesha Holly, Sr.

Outlook: The Mariners will rebuild this year and by working on serving and passing can finish at .500. Sophomore Bonnie Powell and junior Jenn Sholl return to the setting spot, and Christina Myers, Carla McClean and Brandi Barnes will see playing time.

North Harford Hawks

1992 record: 5-9. Coach: Michelle Byers.

Top players: Jennifer Walter, Sr.; Nicki Bogarty, Sr.; Melinda Virts, Jr.

Outlook: The strong spiking and serving of Walter and Bogarty will be a big factor as the Hawks' attack develops. Virts will be the primary setter in the Hawks' 5-1 offense, and junior Judith Kleine will help out as an auxiliary setter when they play a 4-2 offense.

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