1995 All-Baltimore City/Baltimore County volleyball team

November 21, 1995

The teams

Player of the Year: Shannon Rexrode, Catonsville

Coach of the Year: Pam Wilt, Perry Hall

First team

Name, School, Year, Position

Sun Kang, Loch Raven, Senior, Hitter

Erica King, Perry Hall, Senior, Hitter

Kim Opdyke, Perry Hall, Senior, Setter

Shannon Rexrode, Catonsville, Senior, Hitter

Keisha Todd, Northwestern, Junior, Hitter

Nicole Zinkhan, Overlea, Senior Hitter/Setter

Second team

Name, School, Year, Position

Abigail Clark, Catonsville, Senior, Setter

Karen Haak, Overlea, Senior, Hitter

Julia Lukens, Bryn Mawr, Senior, Hitter

Tracy Miksis, Dulaney, Junior, Hitter

Stephanie Sanzone, Perry Hall, Junior, Hitter

Tiggy Stevens, Loch Raven, Senior, Hitter

Player of the Year

Shannon Rexrode, Catonsville, Sr.: A powerful 6-foot outside hitter, Rexrode carried the Comets (15-4) to the state Class 2A final. She finished the season with 335 kills and an .848 hitting percentage. Not only could Rexrode hit the ball hard, but she knew how to adjust to the opposing defense. She could pound the ball through or around the blocks and mix up her hits, going equally strong crosscourt or down the line. Rexrode saved her best performances for last, amassing 22 kills in a four-game state semifinal win over South Hagerstown and finishing with 32 kills in the heart-breaking state final loss to Glenelg in five games. From the season's start, the success of the No. 6 Comets' season rode on Rexrode's experience as the only returning starter. She rose to the challenge, providing more than half of the Comets' offense, and contributing 1.7 assists per game. A strong server, she had 33 aces and served at a 92 percent clip. "Shannon was the backbone of the whole team," said Comets coach Debbie Clem. "We looked to her when it got down to crunch time. Even when she was in the back row, we could go to her when we needed to. That's a lot of pressure on a kid and she really came through."

Coach of the Year

Pam Wilt, Perry Hall: In her 14th season with the Gators, Wilt led the area's No. 5-ranked team to a 19-5 season, its best ever. The Gators won their first Baltimore County championship and reached the state Class 4A semifinals for only the second time in the program's history. They barely missed making the state finals, falling to Sherwood in a hard-fought, five-game semifinal. Over the years, Wilt has steadily built her program with strong club players and an emphasis on teamwork, but this team worked together better than any of her other teams. "Everything was a team effort," said Wilt. "Nobody cared about me, me, me. They practiced like a team and they played like a team. They took practice seriously, because they knew they would play the way they practiced. They all listened and they all wanted to learn and make things right." Wilt also credits assistant coach Pam Krausman, one of her former players who went on to play at Maryland, for bringing in new ideas to help fuel the Gators' title drive. In addition, Wilt has upgraded her non-league schedule to include many of the area's best teams. Except for Sherwood, all of the Gators' losses this season came against higher-ranked local teams, which Wilt believed only made them physically and mentally tougher.

First team at a glance

Sun Kang, Loch Raven, Sr.: This three-year varsity player accumulated 86 kills. An accurate outside hitter, she averaged 1.41 kills per game and had a hitting percentage of .908 for the No. 9 Raiders (13-4). Kang also served at a 93 percent rate.

Erica King, Perry Hall, Sr.: The top hitter for the Gators, King compiled 156 kills and had an .800 hitting percentage. She averaged 2.1 kills and was a threat on the quick sets. King also served at a 92 percent rate.

Kim Opdyke, Perry Hall, Sr: The area's top setter, Opdyke provided the glue for the Gators' title run. Determined to set almost every pass, Opdyke had 1,235 sets, or 17 per game, of which her teammates converted 40 percent into kills. Also a good hitter, she had 51 kills and served at 90 percent.

Nicole Zinkhan, Overlea, Sr.: A versatile left-hander, Zinkhan set and hit for the No. 11 Falcons (14-3). She finished with 88 kills and contributed 235 assists. Zinkhan also served at 88 percent.

Keisha Todd, Northwestern, Jr.: The top hitter in Baltimore City, Todd led the Wildcats to a 12-4 season. With plenty of power and court sense, Todd had 105 kills in 16 matches. She also served at 95.5 percent.

All-League teams

All-Baltimore County Division I First Team: Karen Haak, Overlea, Sr.; Sun Kang, Loch Raven, Sr.; Erica King, Perry Hall, Sr.; Tracy Miksis, Dulaney, Jr.; Kim Opdyke, Perry Hall, Sr.; Shannon Rexrode, Catonsville, Sr.; Tiggy Stevens, Loch Raven, Sr.; Nicole Zinkhan, Overlea, Jr.

All-Baltimore County Division Division II First Team: Crissy Bosse, Eastern Tech, Sr.; Jummy Bullock, Chesapeake, Sr.; Alana Johnson, Woodlawn, So.; LaTanya Jones, Parkville, Sr.; Amee Liggett, Western T&E, Jr.; Sarah Steinberg, Kenwood, Jr.; Tammy Trible, Randallstown, Sr.; Janet Walters, Chesapeake, Sr.

Catholic League All-Star First Team: Michele Chilcote, Catholic, Sr.; Crystal Henderson, Spalding, Sr.; Sandy Sandifer, Spalding, Jr.; Amie Robinson, Catholic, Sr.; April Moore, Seton Keough, Sr.; Jennifer Otto, Mercy, Sr.

All-Baltimore City League First Team: Linda Batchelor, Western, Sr.; Keisha Todd, Northwestern, Jr.; Monica Harrison, Poly, Jr.; Lanae Rogers, City, sr.; Janee Tucker, City, Jr.; Alexis Washington, Mervo, Sr. Coach Of The Year: Jessica Ivey, City

Picking the teams

The Baltimore Sun 1995 All City/County field hockey and volleyball teams were selected by Katherine Dunn through game observations and after consulting with area coaches. The all-league teams were selected by the league coaches.

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