Local Sports: High School Girls Volleyball Preview

September 04, 1996|By Mark Hoeflich

Aberdeen Eagles

1995 record: 5-8.

Coach: Janie Robinson.

Top players: Mary Birch, Sr.; Jamey Carroll, Sr.; Jennifer Dowell, Sr.; Jennifer Presswood, Sr.; Shawnette Ware, Sr.

Outlook: The Eagles are a much improved team with the addition of transfer student Dowell, both a setter and server. There are eight juniors with experience and Robinson has more height than in previous years.

Bel Air Bobcats

1995 record: 9-7.

Coach: Amy Sexton.

Top players: Stacey Handshoe, Jr; Denise Little, Jr.; Laura Perfater, Sr.; Jen Reigle, Sr.; Laura Scott, Sr.

Outlook: The Bobcats return half of their starting team, including strong hitters Perfater (5-9) and Kelly Flynn (5-11). Overall, the Bobcats are a good setting team, but the progress of several newcomers will help them stay in contention.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

Coach: Ian Blanchard.

Top players: Jessica Clements, Sr.; Nicole Nimmo. Sr.; Heather Ruleau, Sr.; Jen Thompson, Sr.

Outlook: First-year coach Blanchard put his squad through a rigorous preseason, as the Mustangs will run a quicker offense. The Mustangs will get steady play from their experienced returning starters, among them Thompson, who is a Junior Olympic player.

Fallston Cougars

1995 record: 14-1.

Coach: Tracy Sarnaki.

Top players: Jenn Dauthinais, Sr.; Lauren Egee, Sr.; Erin Fox, Sr.; Carrie Grace, Sr.; Lindsay Tanner, Sr.; Tonya Worthington, Sr.

Outlook: Although first-year coach Sarnaki has a good nucleus of athletes, this team is very much different than the one that reached the regional finals a year ago. The Cougars must replace several key role players and most of this year's team has not played together.

Havre de Grace Warriors

Coach: Lynn Clapperton.

Top players: Tiffany Burkins, Sr; Maria Harding, Jr.; Erin Murphy, Jr.; Marsha Sawyer, Sr.; Jen Watson, Sr.

Outlook: First-year coach Clapperton will try a 5-1 formation to pick up the offense. The Warriors are rather young, yet have good experience among the returners, specifically Burkins and Watson.

John Carroll Patriots

1995 record: 10-3.

Coach: Greg Cullison.

Top players: Sarah Bowman, Jr.; Dee Gurerieri, Sr.; Courtney Krasowski, Sr.; Kim Pirisino, Soph.; Charlotte Wills, Sr.

Outlook: The Patriots, runners-up in the county a year ago, have one of the leagues best players in Wills, who totaled 225 assists and had a serve percentage of .930 last season. However, other then Krasowski, the Patriots are low on experience.

Joppatowne Mariners

1995 record: 4-7.

Coach: Al Reeves.

Top players: Meg Bohen, Sr.; Kristina Swatzell, Soph.; Kim Tooma, Sr.; Monique Washington, Soph.

Outlook: An increase in numbers and skill has Reeves, in his first season as varsity coach, looking forward to a .500 season. With Tooma and Washington both strong hitters, the Mariners will try and attack more.

North Harford Hawks

1995 record: 10-4.

Coach: Scott Guckert.

Top players: Jen Cossentino, Sr.; Lindsay Guckert, Sr.; Rachel Kelley, Jr.; Cindy Kerr, Soph.; Jen McMillian, Soph.

Outlook: With the loss of four seniors and an abundance of freshmen, the Hawks will rely heavily upon Guckert (6.75 kill average), a two-time All-County pick, to control the floor. The defense is soft and the Hawks lack size.

Pub Date: 9/03/96

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