Team-by-team Capsules

September 12, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Annapolis Panthers

1993 record: 2-13. Coach: Karla McMahon.

Top players: Dayna Lewnes, Sr.; Bridgid Duffy, Jr.; Emily Dammeyer, Fr.; Lauren Gulotta, So.; Laura Paszkiewicz, So.; Sabrina Johnson, Sr.

Outlook: Lewnes and Duffy are the only players back from last season, and the roster includes two freshmen and three sophomores. Most likely, one freshman and two sophomores will start. Is there a younger team in the county? The good news is, McMahon has some decent height. Dammeyer is 6 feet, and freshman Kammi Cottrell (whose brother, Ted, was a star basketball player at Annapolis) is 6-1. And though the team lacks varsity experience, many of the newcomers played on the junior varsity, so the sport isn't foreign to them. "They're young, but they're promising," McMahon said. And what about Annapolis winding up in the playoffs this year under the new state format, where anyone who registers can participate? "It would be a neat experience for the girls," McMahon said. "I don't know how well

they'd fare, but it would be nice."

Arundel Wildcats

1993 record: 3-15. Coach: Lee Rogers.

Top players: Jen Mottar, Jr.; Shauna Gooding, Jr.; Jessica Palatka, Jr.; Gwen Dulla, Sr.; Pauline Ciszewski, Sr.; Yiru Zhou, Sr.

Outlook: Arundel was inexperienced last year, and Rogers said nothing has changed. Three starters are back: Mottar, Gooding and Palatka. Dulla, Ciszewski and Zhou also were on the varsity last season. The team is fairly deep at setter with Mottar, Gooding and sophomore newcomer Jana Boddy, but the Wildcats have numerous questions with their hitters. Rogers is anxious to see a couple newcomers who excel at other sports and are trying volleyball for the first time: juniors Kara Kitchen and Chavone Hammond. Both are good athletes who "hopefully will bring a winning attitude with them from basketball," Rogers said. Also joining the varsity are senior Sarah Johnson and juniors Erin Uyttewaal and Liz Atwater. The team needs to improve its passing, but the defense looks solid as usual. "We'll be competitive and make a good showing," Rogers said.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

1993 record: 9-4. Coach: Linda Taylor.

Top players: Dana Siemek, Sr.; Cynthia Kopkowski, Sr.; Christine Listman, Sr.; Courtney Parker, Sr.; Crystal Henderson, Jr., Kathleen O'Hara, So., Crystal Ray, So.

Outlook: Spalding did the unexpected last year, winning a second straight Catholic League Tournament championship despite having a large turnover in personnel. This time, the Cavaliers have fewer players to replace, but one missing person is Carrie Parsons, the league's Player of the Year. Siemek, Kopkowski, Listman, Parker (6-3) and Henderson started last year. O'Hara, a sophomore setter, should join them. Ray also has made a strong push to start. Taylor considers Henderson, who will set in the back row and hit in the front, "a player to watch" and calls her "overpowering." Other players back from last season include seniors Christina Zayas and Erika Shepard and junior Jen Broch. Sophomore Sandy Sandifer is new to the varsity. The passing is sound, but "we've got to work on our hitting," Taylor said.

Broadneck Bruins

1993 record: 13-2. Coach: Tom Cole.

Top players: Katie Forthofer, Sr., Theresa Koester, Sr., Taci Williams, Sr., Amanda Barchanowicz, Sr., Lisa Goodhue, Jr., Kara Johnson, Jr.

Outlook: Forthofer is one of the top returning players in the county. Last year, when she was chosen first-team All-County, Forthofer (5-11) registered a team-leading 163 kills, playing both middle and outside hitter. She also had 39 aces. Broadneck's biggest problems are trying to find a new setter and being in the same region as Centennial and Mount Hebron. Barchanowicz and newcomer Johnson, up from the JV, are vying for the starting job at setter. In all, four starters return, including senior hitters Koester (5-11) and Williams. Six-foot junior Goodhue, a reserve last year, will start at middle hitter. Junior Erin Pinnix also returns. Assuming Cole, who replaces Glenn Brainer as coach, can find a dependable setter, the Bruins again will challenge for a berth in the state tournament.

Chesapeake Cougars

1993 record: 7-7. Coach: Donna Zemke.

Top players: Becky Adamarczyk, Sr., Jamie Parsons, Sr., Laura Henne, Sr., Suzanne Stumpp, Sr., Jen Jovan, Sr., Dawn Faber, Sr.

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