Baltimore City Private, Parochial Team-by-team Volleyball Capsules

September 15, 1995|By Jamison Hensley

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1994 record: 6-3. Coach: Dave Hochrein.

Top players: Jen Costanza, Sr.; Janelle Alden, Sr.; Renee Carter, Sr.; Julia Lukens, Sr.; Misty Smith, Sr.

Outlook: Five seniors return to the Mawrtians, who were the AIS A Division tournament runners-up. Hochrein has introduced new formations in his first season that will try to use his players' height. Costanza, a setter who attended volleyball camp over the summer, is expected to pace the Mawrtians, who should contend for the title again.

Catholic Cubs

1994 record: 12-5. Coach: Leo Matanguihan.

Top players: Michelle Chilcote, Sr; Amie Robinson, Sr.; Angela Dockery, Jr.

Outlook: The Cubs, who lost to Mercy in five games in last season's Catholic League championship game, will build around a core of three returners. Chilcote is a two-time first-team All-Catholic League performer, and Robinson, Catholic's best hitter, made the second team. Lacking height, the Cubs will focus on keeping the ball in play.

Friends Quakers

1994 record: 8-6. Coach: Staci Barbero.

Top players: Marci McLachlan, Jr.; Ruth Draper, Jr.; Rachel Ward, Jr.

Outlook: The Quakers figure to compete for the AIS championship with a strong, junior-based nucleus returning. Barbero, who coached at Roland Park last year, has only two senior starters, but the Quakers are experienced. Friends will rely on the hitting of Ward and Draper for its offense.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1994 record: 3-11. Coach: Keith Lynes.

Top players: Caroline Plakosh, Jr.; Robin Nohe, Soph.; Chrissy Liszewski, Soph.; Robin Johnson, Sr.

Outlook: Johnson, the team's top hitter, returns after sitting out last season with a broken hand. In their third year as a program, the Indians are looking to finish over .500. Lynes said the Indians have a large number of multi-sport athletes but need to concentrate on fundamentals.

Mercy Magic

1994 record: 10-2. Coach: Jerry Hulla.

Top players: Kim Bittner, Jr.; Erika Hanson, Jr.; Kim Hooper, Jr.; Chris Lessner, Jr.

Outlook: The Magic, the defending Catholic League regular season and tournament champion, lost a strong class, including All-Baltimore City/County selection Rachael Grob and honorable-mention Tricia Henry. But the Magic is reloading from a JV team that went 14-2 and won the Catholic League.

Roland Park Reds

1994 record: 3-6. Coach: Laurie Bender.

Top players: Seenae Yi, So.; Abby Bowers, Jr.; Christine Carmody, Jr.; Cara Brewer, Sr.; Michelle Hemmingway, Jr.; Carrie Kwunyeon, Sr.

Outlook: Bender enters her first season at Roland Park with a lot of youth and enthusiasm. Brewer and Kwunyeon are the only seniors. Yi and Hemmingway are the primary setters in Bender's new formation.

Seton Keough Gators

1994 record: 6-8. Coach: Karen Janney.

Top players: April Moore, Sr.; Suzanne Culotta, Sr; Laura Kuech, Jr.; Nessa Klein, Soph.

Outlook: Janney said the Gators could surprise the Catholic League with their strong defense and a powerful but inconsistent attack. The Gators, whose major loss was hitter Katie Loovis, are experienced and have played well in practice. The development of Klein, a 6-foot middle hitter, could be the key.

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