Baltimore County Team-by-team Volleyball Capsules

September 15, 1995|By Katherine Dunn and Jamison Hensley

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1994 record: 5-6. Coach: John Lee.

Top players: Rebecca Ritter, Sr.; Kelly Billbrey, Jr.; Carley Bennett, Sr.; Vicky Mathew, Sr.

Outlook: The Eagles have five players who have worked together for four years. They also have height and strength. Ritter and Billbrey are a strong hitting combination.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1994 record: 4-12. Coach: Margie McClure.

Top players: Marlene Hollander, Jr.; Rachael Dahan, Sr.; Mara Levin, Jr.; Rachael Steinberg, Sr.

Outlook: McClure said the Warriors have improved more than in any previous year. The AIS B Division runners-up are looking to finish around .500. Hollander is an athletic setter who leads by example.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1994 record: No team. Coach: Colleen MacDonald.

Top players: Carol Quigley, Jr., H/S; Renee Kiel, Jr., D; Jenna Spikas, Soph., H/S.

Outlook: In their first varsity season, the Wildcats already have posted a win, beating Woodlawn in four games. MacDonald, who coached the junior varsity to a .500 season last year, expects to be competitive in Division II. The serving looks good, but the Wildcats will need more accurate passing to set up a consistent offense.

Catonsville Comets

1994 record: 11-3. Coach: Debbie Clem.

Top players: Shannon Rexrode, Sr., H; Abigail Clark, Sr., S; Katie Hipsley, Soph., H.

Outlook: The Comets, who lost only to Loch Raven last year, have some rebuilding to do after losing much of their power and a veteran setter to graduation. Without that experience, they may start a little slowly, but should come on quickly. They have the power in 5-11 Rexrode and 5-10 Hipsley, as well as an able setter in Clark.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1994 record: 15-3. Coach: Cynthia Sagues.

Top players: Jummy Bullock, Sr., H; Janet Walters, Sr., H; Shannen Reynolds, Sr., H; Alissa Matthews, Sr., S.

Outlook: With four returning players, the Bayhawks should have the experience to contend for the Division II title. Bullock and Walters provide most of the offense, but the Bayhawks will need to be solid defensively. Blocking and serving look especially good early and the experience of playing together last year should give the team a jump on much of the opposition.

Dulaney Lions

1994 record: 16-3. Coach: Don Overtoom.

Top players: Dawn Will, Sr., S; Tracy Miksis, Jr., H; Mandy Heagy, Sr., H; Jennifer Confer, Jr., H.

Outlook: The Lions lost only two games to a Baltimore County team last year -- both to Perry Hall. But they avenged those losses in the regionals before falling in five games to Western in the regional final. In Division I, the veteran Lions will be out to gain some respect. With their three top hitters at 5-10 or 5-11, the Lions have plenty of power potential. If they can boost the defense a little, they should be in the hunt for the division title.

Dundalk Eagles

1994 record: 11-2. Coach: Sue Nevins.

Top players: Heather Jones, Jr., H; Brany Pizzini, Sr., S; Jen Heffler, Sr., H; Erin Hunt, Sr., D.

Outlook: Some strategic changes are in order for the Eagles, who lost three strong hitters to graduation. This year's team is much smaller, so the Eagles must rely on back-row defense more than consistent blocking. Still, the greatest opposition may be the new Division I. The Eagles finished third behind Perry Hall and Dulaney in the old division, but Nevins knows it may be tough going in a league filled with perennial contenders.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1994 record: 6-9. Coach: Mike Biedermann.

Top players: Crissy Bosse, Sr., S; Tara Dolly, Sr., S; Christy Holling, Sr., H; Christina Fox, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Mavericks lost five starters, but they shouldn't skip a beat with the five they have to fill in. The experience level remains about the same, but the Mavericks have more speed and quickness on the court. Serving and setting look strong, but the Mavericks need to adjust their passing to reap the benefits of their offense.

Franklin Indians

1994 record: 7-6. Coach: Jennifer Forren.

Top players: Melissa Cofield, Sr., H; Katie Snyder, Sr., S; Hue Vuong, Sr., D.

Outlook: With four returning starters, the Indians should be stronger based on experience alone. The 5-10 Cofield has plenty of power, but the Indians will have to improve their passing to take advantage of it. Forren, who takes over the varsity after three years with the junior varsity, expects the Indians to improve by playing in Division I.

Hereford Bulls

1994 record: 4-10. Coach: Pat Pilson.

Top players: Karen Robinson, Fresh., H; Jen Reidy, Jr., H; Kelly Sands, Jr., H; Betsy Power, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Bulls have the potential for a consistent power offense, especially with 5-11 veteran Reidy and 5-10 newcomer Robinson, but things have been a little shaky early. In Division II, the Bulls should improve their record. It doesn't hurt to have some promising players move up from a junior varsity team that went 11-3 last fall.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1994 record: 1-10. Coach: Susan Costello.

Top players: Sarah Steinberg, Jr., H; Kim Griffin, Jr., H; Sommer Nickels, Sr., H; Colleen Bayer, Sr., S.

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