1994 All-harford County Volleyball Teams

November 27, 1994|By John W. Stewart

BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

* Mike Babiak, John Carroll -- A three-year veteran, he was the most consistent player -- especially on kills -- on a 13-0 team that repeated as county champion. The team was challenged at the beginning by a lack of numbers, and Babiak, as the only returning starter, turned into the leader. In addition to his kills, he had an excellent serve and good court sense.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

* Kathy Graybeal, Havre de Grace -- She took a first-year program and 12 players with little experience and produced a 9-5 record. "It helped that the players were good athletes. We had to teach skills as well as rules, and they were receptive. We had no idea what to expect, didn't know if we'd win a match, but I think we grew a little with each one," Graybeal said.

BOYS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Mark Fruhling, Fallston -- A middle hitter, he stepped up his play to help a starting lineup that included only two seniors. He averaged six kills and four blocks a match.

* Eric Hall, North Harford -- He was the leading hitter on a team that lost only to John Carroll and Fallston. He displayed power and an ability to put the ball on the three-foot line.

* Paul Kim, John Carroll -- As the No. 1 setter for the county's best team, his distribution and overall play were critical to the team's success.

* Max Reinholdt, Fallston -- He had team-high averages of more than eight points and 10 kills a match. A skilled all-around player, he brought a level of experience to a junior-dominated team that lost only to John Carroll and finished second in the league.

* Phil Vacek, North Harford -- Vacek was the floor captain and top player on a team that ran an advanced style of play. His work was the catalyst for the improvement of a team that had four senior starters. * Laura Dembiec, John Carroll -- Equipped with a solid foundation in the fundamental skills, and able to play all positions, she had an outstanding season as a middle hitter. Her back-row passing and defense were a vital part of the team's success, said coach Greg Cullison. A 95 percent serve completion was the best of her statistics that also included 74 points and 55 kills.

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

* Greg Cullison, John Carroll -- The eighth team of this Pennsylvania native turned out to be his best (9-0 in the county). He gained his first coaching experience with a high school junior varsity team during his last three undergraduate years at Penn State. Two years ago, the Patriots were 0-10, but this year, 10 veterans helped erase that memory.

GIRLS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Nydia Colon, Edgewood -- Colon had percentages of 87 serving and 83 hitting to go with 150 service points, 32 aces and 164 assists. She was a bright spot for a team that had to start from scratch after its coach of last year's championship team moved and the starters graduated.

* Deanna Drecchio, C. Milton Wright -- A middle hitter, she averaged five kills a match, and was the top player on a 6-6 regular-season team that over-achieved in reaching the Class 3A state semifinals.

* Robyn Kekauoha, Bel Air -- One-half of her team's 1-2 punch that carried it to the regional final against C. Milton Wright, she finished with 211 service points, including 38 aces, plus percentages of 91 setting and 89 serving.

* Heather Pyzik, John Carroll -- Pyzik led her team in most offensive categories, blocked well and hit with power. She scored 99 points and had 111 kills. Cullison said, "She performed well in crucial situations and was our go-to player in times of crises."

* Amy Whitsel, Bel Air -- A 5-foot-11 hitter and the other half of the Bobcats' senior punch, her numbers included 125 service points and a team-high 52 kills.

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