1994 All-carroll County Volleyball Teams

November 22, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham

VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Beth Lister, Westminster -- Simply put, no one individual played bigger than Lister. The senior, a first-team All-Central Maryland Conference pick, carried the Owls to a regular-season county championship and a first-place finish in the inaugural Carroll County tournament, as well as a share of the Central Maryland Conference crown. A dominating figure at the net, she finished with 211 kills in 46 games and added 78 blocks. She shared in the setting duties for the Owls and was the team's best server. "Beth was a real big gun for us," said Westminster co-coach Dana Falls. "She had a real determined attitude with this being her last year at the high school level. Also, a lot of times going into a match, [opponents] would be keying on her and that would leave openings for our outside hitters." Everything the Owls did revolved around Lister, who saved her best for the big dTC matches. Against defending county champ North Carroll in the regular-season finale, she had 15 kills to help clinch the county title.

VOLLEYBALL COACHES OF THE YEAR

* Dana Falls and Michelle Salafia-Crouse, Westminster -- What can they do for an encore? The first-year co-coaches made a big splash in their debut as the Owls captured the regular-season county title, the county tournament and a share of the Central Maryland Conference crown. In the shadow of perennial power North Carroll and talented South Carroll at the start of the season, it was the Owls who came out on top in the end. They finished the regular season 6-0 in county play and 12-2 overall before their season came to an end in the region semifinals. "Going into the season, we saw the talented players and really felt this was the year to capitalize on it," Falls said. "We worked hard on adding some new dimensions to the offense and were confident with the base of players we had and their ability." Falls and Salafia-Crouse both applied for the position left vacant by longtime Owls coach Karol Brown. They shared similar philosophies and thus formed the merger. "They were both headed in the same direction with goals for the program and how they wanted to work practice and things have worked out very well," said Westminster athletic director Steve Thomson.

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Melissa Gettemy, South Carroll, Sr. -- There isn't a more versatile player in the county than Gettemy, a repeat first-team selection. One minute, she's diving to the floor for a loose ball; the next, she's putting away a kill or setting for a teammate. During the regular season, the first-team All-Central Maryland Conference selection had 75 service points, 66 kills and 31 blocks along with being the county's top setter. The intensity and all-out hustle she took to the court was a major influence for the Cavaliers.

* Kandi Lippy, North Carroll, Sr. -- One of the most respected hitters in the county, Lippy finished on 205 chances and also came up with 48 blocks at the net. She finished the season with 106 service points. A three-year varsity player and second-team All-Central Maryland Conference choice, she was the glue for the Panthers. "Kandi was the court leader and never got too high or too low. She was always able to put things in perspective," said North Carroll coach Don'a Martin.

* Maureen Ritcey, F. Scott Key, Sr. -- The Eagles' only senior

starter, Ritcey brought a little bit of everything to each match. Her biggest attribute was her floor leadership, and the Eagles needed plenty of it with three sophomore starters. The first-team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League selection also was one of the most versatile players in the county, finishing with 58 kills and 105 service points with 49 aces. "She could put the ball away, was a hustler on the floor and as far as defense, was the best we had," said Key coach Leo Totten.

* Nicole Spencer, South Carroll, Sr. -- A big reason the Cavaliers enjoyed their run to the state finals, Spencer was the constant fixture in the lineup. The middle hitter finished the regular season with 157 kills and 34 blocks and turned it up a notch through the region and state playoffs. With 111 service points before the postseason, Spencer also was one of the Cavaliers' strongest servers. "We relied on her as our big hitter and she also came up with the key blocks as well," said South Carroll coach Debbie Eaton. "You also can't beat this player's personality. She was always up and always played hard."

* Candice Young, Liberty, Soph. -- The Lions went from 2-13 in 1993 to 6-8 this season and, more importantly, were competitive in nearly every match. Young was a big reason. She was a spark plug for the Lions and one of the county's best setters despite playing eight matches with a fractured finger. She made good on percent of her sets and over 95 percent on her serves to earn a spot on All-Central Maryland Conference honorable-mention list. "She has two things you just can't teach: great court sense and athletic ability," said Liberty coach Helen Derwin.

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