Baltimore County Team-by-team

September 12, 1994|By Mike Frainie and Jamison Hensley

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1993 record: 5-6. Coach: John Lee.

Top players: Kate Bisset, Sr.; Lynn Lee, Sr.; Brace Kim, Sr.; Tina Olson, Sr.; Jessi Young, Soph.

Outlook: Lee returns for his fifth season as coach of the Eagles, who play mostly Washington-area schools in the Christian Schools Athletic Association. The team lost only one senior from last year, and Lee says the returnees are all very coachable. According to Lee, the skill level has been a concern, but the team sent 10 players to volleyball camp this summer.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1993 record: 0-8. Coach: Margie McClure.

Top players: Rachel Dahan, Jr.; Marlene Holander, Soph.; Lilly Dahan, Jr.

Outlook: Last year was not kind to the Warriors, but all except one player returns. Beth Tfiloh will add a junior varsity this year, and McClure says she has seen great improvement. She says she has stressed serving, and the team has made great strides.

Catholic Cubs

1993 record: 11-7. Coach: Leo Matanguihan.

Top players: Michelle Chilcope, Jr.; Jennifer Betley, Sr.; Danielle Dorney, Sr.; Amy Robinson, Jr.

Outlook: The Cubs will rely on Chilcope, a first team All-Catholic League member who Matanguihan calls the best server in the league, to lead the team. Catholic will start three underclassmen. The defense looks to be improved over last season, and Matanguihan sees the Cubs improving on last year's .500 record (4-4) in the Catholic League.

Catonsville Comets

1993 record: 11-2. Coach: Debbie Clem.

Top players: Tricia Uttenreither, Sr.; Kristie Deickman, Sr.; Shannon Rexrode, Sr., Lori Havrilla, Sr.

Outlook: The Comets return a strong nucleus that features Uttenreither, possibly the best setter in Baltimore County. The 5-foot-6 Uttenreither, who had 214 assists last season, will have more height beside her on the front line. The Comets lost a big hitter in Christie Anderson, but should not falter with the return of Deickman. Uttenreither also is Catonsville's top server, having a 96.5-percent serving average with 27 aces last year.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1993 record: 10-5. Coach: Beth Benzinger.

Top players: Stephanie Washington, Sr.; Cara Stilli, Sr.; Chesna Selway, Sr.; Janet Walters, Jr.; Jundmiwha Bullock, Jr.

Outlook: The Bayhawks will get strong hitting from Washington, who is one of the tallest players in the area at 6-1. Washington will not have to carry the entire offense with five experienced seniors surrounding her. But beyond that group, the Bayhawks lack proven players.

Dulaney Lions

1993 record: 9-4. Coach: Dan Overtoom.

Top players: Melissa Krawczyk, Sr.; Alissa Thomas-Oakley, Sr.; Katherine Cook, Sr.; Janice Cooper, Sr.

Outlook: The Lions are one of the most experienced teams in Baltimore County, returning six seniors. Dulaney has some size again, averaging 5-10 across the front line. The only weakness is depth. The core of the offense will be Krawczyk, Thomas-Oakley, Cook and Cooper.

Dundalk Owls

1993 record: 10-2. Coach: Sue Nevins.

Top players: Melissa Rao, Sr.; Becky Sowden, Sr.; Chantelle Rico, Sr.

Outlook: The Owls are looking for another strong season, relying heavily on an aggressive hitting corps. A surprise out of the Owls' group of six front-line players could be Rico, a left-handed hitter. The Owls must find a way to counter their height deficiency.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1993 record: 3-12. Coach: Mike Biedermann.

Top players: Michelle Kitzmiller, Sr.; Valerie Pferdeort, Sr.; Kristy Snaute, Sr.

Outlook: The Mavericks have a good blend of talent with seven returning seniors. The fate of Eastern Tech will be how the six new juniors respond on varsity. Kitzmiller, the setter, will shoulder the responsibility of leading the offense.

Franklin Indians

1993 record: 4-9. Coach: Cindy Wasserman.

Top players: Kelly Banahan, Sr.; Melinda Lyons, Sr.; Melissa Cofield, Jr.

Outlook: The Indians are still a year away from contending. Franklin, however, is much improved, and will be looking to reach .500 this year. There is little returning strength, and Wasserman will go with a younger group. The offense is very sporadic.

Hereford Bulls

1993 record: 3-7. Coach: Elma Fromm.

Outlook: Fromm takes over for Pat Pilson as coach. A priority will be to find someone to replace Laura Lewis. A 5-11 hitter, Lewis was the main force on the court whether she is on the front line hitting or in the backcourt serving.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1993 record: 2-11. Coach: Susan Costello.

Outlook: The Bluebirds are seeking to rebound from a season in which they won only two games in the Baltimore County 3A-4A League.

Lansdowne Vikings

1993 record: 14-3. Coach: Jason Dykstra.

Top players: Selina Miller, Sr.; Sarah Dymond, Jr.; Nicole Cascio, Sr.

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