1993 All-carroll County Volleybvall Teams

November 23, 1993|By Glenn Graham

The first team at a glance

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Don'a Martin, North Carroll -- When Linda Richards stepped down at the end of last season after 19 consecutive winning seasons at North Carroll, Martin knew there would be plenty of pressure to maintain the strong winning tradition.

So how did she handle her first year at the helm?

Her team produced a 14-1 regular season, including county and Central Maryland Conference titles and a trip to the region finals, which concluded in a tough five-game match to North Hagerstown.

Martin guided a powerful Panthers squad that went undefeated in winning both county (7-0) and CMC (12-0) crowns. The team's only regular-season loss came against Howard County foe Glenelg in the third match of the season. The Panthers then rattled off 13 straight wins -- including a sweep of Allegany in the region semifinals -- before their loss to North Hagerstown.

Martin had plenty of returning talent, led by four experienced seniors, and knew how to get the most of each player. She moved senior Jill Tringali to hitter after playing setter last year and Tringali flourished -- complementing county first-teamers Joy Huber and Danielle Arnold and earning second-team status herself.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Joy Huber, North Carroll -- Player of the Year awards are nothing new to Huber, who is a repeat winner. The key component to the Panthers' attack, Huber was the single most dominant player in the county for the second straight year. The Panthers' high scorer, she broke her own school record with 132 blocks this season -- 28 more than last season's record-setting output. She also had 37 ace kills and 53 service points. Huber has great versatility in mixing her kills and dinks to keep oppo

nents off-balance. But her strong blocking ability was her biggest asset.

ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM

* Danielle Arnold, North Carroll, senior, hitter -- Every successful volleyball team needs a Danielle Arnold on its roster. A repeat first-team All-County selection, Arnold was the perfect complement to Huber in the North Carroll lineup. A do-it-all kind of player at 5-feet-5, Arnold was the team's second-highest scorer behind Huber. A steadying influence in the Panthers' lineup, Arnold showed great court sense and got the most out of her quickness. Arnold made teams keying on Huber pay for it. She finished with 142 service points and 12 ace kills. A first-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection, Arnold often got overshadowed by Huber and will be hard to replace next season.

* Kristen Haga, Westminster, senior, hitter -- A 94-plus percent successful serve ratio is almost enough on its own to put Haga on the first team, but she did so much more for the 9-6 Owls. Haga made good on 102 of her 115 hitting attempts with 24 of them kills. Haga turned into the dominant net player coach Karol Brown thought she would become going into the season. An aggressive blocker as well, Haga was a co-captain and leader on a young Owls squad.

* Melanie Montgomery, Francis Scott Key, senior, hitter -- Montgomery led the Eagles to a state-playoff appearance with solid net play on the offensive and defensive ends. In the regular season, Montgomery finished with 52 kills and 57 blocks, 24 of them solo. She's also a fine server with 23 aces. Montgomery also took charge in the leadership department as the Eagles graduated a number of seniors from last year's squad that reached the region finals. She was a major factor in the region playoffs, coming up particularly big with pressure-packed serving in the five-game win over top-seeded Owings Mills.

* Jennifer Renner, North Carroll, senior, setter -- About the only question that surrounded the North Carroll volleyball team was who would be able to take control as the setter. Renner answered the question with a fine season despite coming off major knee surgery last May. An integral part of the team's success was Renner's ability to come back so quickly and stay healthy throughout the season. A second-team All-Central Maryland Conference pick, Renner consistently got the ball to all the Panthers' big hitters -- spreading it out and keeping opponents guessing. Equally as steady in the serving department, she finished with 137 service points.

* Nicole Spencer, South Carroll, junior, hitter -- Spencer came back nicely from major knee surgery last winter to have a banner year despite beginning the season not at 100 percent. She was not a big leaper or flashy hitter, but she always was where she needed to be up front. She finished with 49 blocks, and the Cavaliers got points on 84 percent of her kill opportunities. Spencer had a memorable match against North Carroll in the regular season and was steady in the Cavaliers' playoff run. A first-team All-Central Maryland Conference player, Spencer helped turn around the Cavaliers' fortunes.

1993 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM Name .. ... ... ..School ... ... ... ..Position ... ...Class

Danielle Arnold ..North Carroll .. ... Senior .. ... .Hitter

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