Pioneers volleyball team has high hopes AACC notebook

September 16, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel Community College volleyball team is younger than it's been in recent years, but it has more height. And that combination resulted in two victories in Saturday's season-opening tri-match, and another one on Tuesday.

Playing on their home floor, the Pioneers defeated Lehigh Community College, 15-8, 15-2, and Washington Bible College, 13-15, 15-1, 15-5, Saturday. They traveled to Prince George's Community College on Tuesday and won, 15-3, 15-3, 15-7.

Coming off of a 23-11 season, Anne Arundel returns just two players -- Queen Anne's graduate Penni Woolford, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter, and Northeast's Wendy Scheleur (5-4), who will be used in the back row and as a server.

Woolford had nine kills on Saturday. "I really think with her play last year and what I hope she's going to do this year, she can be an All-American," said assistant Betty Hession, who works with head coach Bee Manley.

Another sophomore, 5-5 setter Mia Padgett, is an Old Mill alum and Naval Academy transfer. Already, she appears to be the team's most important addition and another strong candidate to be named All-American.

Padgett had eight aces "and did a great job all day," Hession said.

Twins Suzi and Lori Sharpless, both 5-8 graduates of Severna Park, made an impressive debut on Saturday. Suzi had 12 kills, and Lori had eight kills and 10 aces.

Arundel graduate Elena Balaglou (5-10) had eight kills. Amy Rottman (5-9) of Queen Anne's had four kills, and 5-5 Jessica Hutson of Broadneck contributed four aces.

South River's Courtney Golch (5-5) was steady as a backup to Padgett against Washington Bible.

Also joining the Pioneers is Annapolis' Heather Lynch (5-6), who will be used in the back row. The tallest player is 6-1 newcomer Andrea Carter, a middle hitter from Arlington Baptist.

"Bee and I feel that the team has a promising future," Hession said. "We have a really good outlook for the season."

In the Prince George's match, Woolford had 11 kills and Rottman added four. Balaglou served five aces, and Hutson had four.

Men's soccer

Anne Arundel's scoring woes subsided for one night, as the Pioneers routed Hagerstown, 7-3, Tuesday for their first victory.

Nick Badalian and Anthony Fiaschetti each had two goals, and Steve Wood, Jim Dey and Joe Vogel scored one apiece. Pat Crawford was credited with two assists and Chris Cruz had one.

Vogel and Chris Jenkins combined for eight saves.

Anne Arundel was blanked by Charles, 2-0, in its Sept. 9 opener, and Matt Brown scored the Pioneers' only goal off a pass from Badalian in a 6-1 loss to Burlington (N.J.) Sept. 11.

"Since we have a lot of freshmen and we lost a lot of guys from last year, it's going to take a little time," coach Ken Wolf said after the first two losses. "We'll get better as the year goes on. We hope to get back on track this week."

The Pioneers started 7-0 last year, but they've lost their "one-two scoring punch," Wolf said, with the departures of Jody Haislip and Pat Mohr. Haislip owns all the school's scoring records.

"We'll be able to make some adjustments and do some things differently and we'll be in contention," Wolf said.

Cross country

Anne Arundel's men placed seventh out of 12 teams at Saturday's Montgomery-Rockville Invitational.

Arundel graduate Bobby Downs was the Pioneers' top finisher, placing 30th out of 65 runners with a time of 31 minutes, 37 seconds on the 5.3-mile course. Queen Anne's Craig McKenzie was 34th at 32:25.

Colorado native Dave Oster posted a time of 33:05, followed by Old Mill's John Flannery at 34:49 and Annapolis' Jim DiCanio at 35:20.

Coach Jim Fontaine was encouraged that his team, competing in Division III, finished just nine points behind Rockville. "We were close enough to have a shot at beating them later in the year in the region championships," he said.

On the women's side, Chesapeake graduate Janine Macmillan finished 10th out of 49 runners, running the 3.1-mile course in 21:30. Last year, she was a first-team All-Region XX selection and an honorable-mention All-American.

Broadneck's Lynn Kurchock was 15th with a time of 22:11. "I expect her to be a consistent runner," Fontaine said.

Women's soccer

Anne Arundel might not be loaded with talent and experience, but don't bother trying to convince its first two opponents.

The Pioneers, with just four returning players from last year, upset Mercer, 2-1, in their opener on Sept. 4 and defeated Northern Virginia, 4-3, on Sept. 7.

Michele Credno and Chesapeake graduate Denise Perrone each have two goals, and Southern grads Victoria Prince and Lindee Sisk each have scored once. Prince and Queen Anne's grad Jen Rice have assists.

Rayelynn Drake of Annapolis Area Christian School had 17 saves in the opener and seven against Northern Virginia.

"This team isn't anywhere close to the caliber of last year's, as far as skill, but they seem to have a good personality as a team and they're working hard," said coach Jim Shuck, whose Pioneers are 3-0 after a forfeit win over Burlington.

The returnees are Prince, Sisk, Rice and Broadneck's Faith Bigelow. A key addition was sweeper Carrie Wilson, a former All-County player at South River who transferred to Anne Arundel from Elon College (N.C.).

Injuries limited Anne Arundel to 11 players against Mercer, but Shuck will have 14 for this weekend's trip to South Carolina, where the Pioneers will face Anderson on Saturday and Brevard on Sunday.

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