1995 All-Metro volleyball teams

November 28, 1995|By Bill Free

Sylvia Kaltreider: The senior setter was incorrectly identified in a photograph that appeared with the All-Metro volleyball team in Tuesday's edition.

First team at a glance

Julie Allen, Severna Park, senior: She was the No. 1 player on the No. 1 team in the Baltimore metro area this season, leading the Falcons to the Anne Arundel County championship and a 21-3 record. Allen had some impressive stats: 312 kills and an 85 percent service rate with 42 aces but had the misfortune of playing in the same 4A region with powerful Northern of Calvert and didn't get a chance for a return trip to the state finals. Allen played on Severna Park's 1993 state Class 4A championship team as a sophomore but never got back to states due to the presence of Northern of Calvert in the 4A East. Northern has gone on to the state 4A title the last two seasons after ousting Allen and Severna Park from the regionals (quarters this year and finals last year). Allen has all the skills on the volleyball floor, but she also surfaced as an intense competitor this season in a four-game loss to Northern in the 4A East quarters. The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year was brilliant as the Falcons came back from a 15-0 loss in the first game to nearly force a fifth game before losing the fourth game, 15-11.


Amy Hutson, Glen Burnie, junior: This high-leaping youngster was a one-person show for the rebuilding Gophers in most of their matches this season. Hutson could kill and set with the best of them but sometimes never got a chance to show off her talents because there just wasn't enough help on the floor for her. However, Hutson still led Glen Burnie to a 14-7 record and the No. 10 ranking in the metro area poll. She had 225 kills, 102 assists, was a 90 percent server and had 52 aces. The 102 assists show just how good a setter Hutson is and she is known for making good decisions, being level-headed and a leader on the floor. Look for this gifted player to be even more of a force next season. That is not good news for Anne Arundel opponents who have bitten the dust trying to handle Hutson's vicious kills. She prefers not to be compared to her two talented older sisters, Christy and Heather, on the volleyball floor, but that is impossible. Christy is an assistant coach at Chesapeake High in Anne Arundel County after playing at Towson State, and Heather started as a freshman at Towson State this season.

Sylvia Kaltreider, Mount Hebron, senior: There wasn't much flash and glitz on this Vikings team and Kaltrei- der fit right into that picture. She was consistent, did a lot of things well and helped Mount Hebron do the seemingly unthinkable: beat Centennial in the 3A East Region championship match. The Vikings went on to win the state 3A title and climb to the No. 2 ranking in the final metro poll. Kaltreider was a premier setter, an outstanding server and could even hurt opponents with kills. She had 295 assists, served at 90 percent with 42 aces and had 64 kills. When the last ball went over the net at the state volleyball tournament Nov. 18, Kaltreider and the Vikings had put together an 18-2 record that had them closing in on No. 1 Severna Park (21-3).

Kim Opdyke, Perry Hall, senior: A phenomenal setter, Opdyke rang up a staggering total of 490 assists for the 19-5 Gators. She was intent on setting almost every pass and had 1,235 sets this season. Her teammates turned 40 percent of those sets into kills. Opdyke also contributed 51 kills and served at 90 percent to lead Perry Hall to its first Baltimore County volleyball championship and second state Class 4A semifinal appearance. Opdyke missed an opportunity to play against Northern of Calvert in the 4A championship match when the Gators were upset by Sherwood in five games in the semifinals. The 19-5 record was the best ever for Perry Hall and gained them a No. 5 ranking in the final metro poll.

Meredith Price, Centennial, junior:Meredith Price, Centennial, junior: One Saturday afternoon in early October, Meredith Price put on an unforgettable volleyball show in the North Caroline tournament. She did things against Northern of Calvert that nearly propelled the Eagles to what would have been the upset of the season in the state. Price was hitting from the back line for points and sideouts and had her team three points away from a 2-0 victory (tourney matches are best-of-three) over two-time state 4A champion Northern. If Centennial (20-3) had won that match, there is no telling how much confidence it would have given the Eagles the rest of season. Northern came back to win in three games, and Centennial would fall victim to upsets by Howard county rivals Glenelg and Mount Hebron. But Price had a splendid season, with 205 kills out of 434 attempts, 89 percent serving with 33 aces and 59 blocks. When Price and her teammates were on their game, no team in the metro area was better. The Eagles finished as the No. 3 team in the final poll.

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