Local Sports: High School Girls Volleyball Preview

September 04, 1996|By Rich Scherr

Bryn Mawr Mawrtians

1995 record: 7-4.

Coach: Michelle Mondeaux.

Top players: Mia Medlin, Sr., H-S; Melanie Sperl, Jr., H-S; Meredith Martin, Jr., H-S.

Outlook: Mondeaux takes over a program that seems primed for a run at the AIS A Division title. The Mawrtians have a good mix of newcomers and returning starters.

Carver Bears

1995 record: 10-0.

Coach: Linda Hollis.

Outlook: After winning Baltimore City's Division II a year ago, the Bears will be rebuilding. They lost almost every player to graduation.

Catholic Cubs

1995 record: 14-1.

Coach: David Trumpower.

Top players: Shelly Cerny, Sr., H; Angela Dockery, Sr., S; Crystal Blair, Sr., H; Mercy Okoye, Sr., MB.

Outlook: The defending regular-season and Catholic League Tournament champions will have to adjust to life without league Player of the Year Michelle Chilcote. New coach Trumpower, up from the JV, returns four starters.

City Knights

1995 record: 12-2.

Coach: Jessica Ivey.

Top players: Marquita Knight, Jr., S; Jenee' Tucker, Sr., S; Maren Souter, Sr., H; Tynisha Harris, Sr., H; Kesha Evans, Sr., H.

Outlook: Most of the height up front is gone from last year's City 2A-3A champions, but the Knights should remain competitive. Tucker, an All-City selection at setter a season ago, will lead the way.

Douglass Ducks

1995 record: 4-10.

Coach: Mary Hughee.

Top players: Jovonana Titus, Jr., S; Natasha Gilbert, Sr., S; Jeneake Nixon, Jr., H; Tia Mullen, Sr., H; Veronica Lockett, Sr., H; Tiesha Little, So., H.

Outlook: This has the potential to be a breakthrough season for the Ducks. All but one player return from last year's squad, and Hughee plans to implement a more "power-oriented" offense.

Edmondson Redskins

1995 record: 11-3.

Coach: Anton Sawyer.

Top players: Lynn Horrey, Sr., H; Eboni Brooks, So., H.

Outlook: Most of last year's team graduated, but Sawyer fully expects her team once again to contend in the City 3A-2A League. Horrey and Brooks are both top-caliber hitters.

Forest Park Foresters

1995 record: 6-6.

Coach: Greg Warren.

Top players: Linnea Carter, Sr., H; Leslie Thorne, Sr., S; Felisha Toney, Sr., H.

Outlook: First-year coach Warren has nearly everybody coming back from last season, including top hitters Carter and Toney and setter Thorne.

Friends Quakers

1995 record: 8-2.

Coach: Staci Barbero.

Top players: Ruth Draper, Sr., S-H; Marci McLachlin, Sr., S-H; Vivian Chang, Sr., P; Rachel Ward, Sr., H.

Outlook: The defending AIS A Division regular-season champions should be in for another stellar season. The Quakers return four, including McLachlin and Ward, who have dedicated themselves to the sport by competing year-round.

Institute of Notre Dame Indians

1995 record: 4-8.

Coach: Keith Lynes.

Top players: Carolyn Plakosh, Sr., H; Chrissy Lizewski, Jr., H; Katie Britenother, Sr., S; Robin Nohe, Jr., H-S.

Outlook: In just its second year in the Catholic League, the Indians are still in the building mode. According to Lynes, however, they could also be quite competitive.

Mercy Magic

1995 record: 9-8.

Coach: John A. Singleton.

Top players: Kim Hooper, Sr., S; Jennifer Lawson, Sr., MH; Stephanie Hansen, Jr., OH; Erica Hansen, Sr., OH; Kim Bitter, Sr., OH-S.

Outlook: With a mix of good all-around skills and experience, Singleton's team should challenge in the Catholic League this season.

Mervo Mustangs

1995 record: 9-5.

Coach: Nancy Havranek.

Top players: Jackie Frederick, Sr., S; Melisa Knox, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Mustangs lost just two starters to graduation, but may have a difficult time putting together a competitive team. Two who will lead the way are Frederick, a setter, and Knox, a strong hitter.

Northern Vikings

1995 record: 10-2.

Coach: Linda Holmes.

Top players: Kim Carpenter, Sr., H-S; Candace Reefer, Jr., H-B.

Outlook: Every starter graduated, leaving the defending City Class 4A League champions in a rebuilding mode. Just two players return, both reserves last season.

Patterson Clippers

1995 record: 6-10.

Coach: Betty Golibart.

Top players: Joy Hyman, Sr., H; Teagan Tandon, Sr., S; Jen Preston, Sr., H; Chante Callaway, Sr., H.

Outlook: This could be a groundbreaking year for Patterson. The Clippers return most players from last year, and Golibart says her team has shown dedication.

Poly Engineers

1995 record: 7-8.

Coach: Norman Perry.

Top players: Monica Harrison, Sr., H; Akeya Baughan, Jr., H; Rhea Marasigan, So., S; Lucuanda Williams, So., S.

Outlook: After losing four of six starters, Perry is left with a very young team. Harrison and Baughan will lead the way up front, taking sets from sophomores Marasigan and Williams.

Roland Park Reds

1995 record: 6-8.

Coach: Karen Levy.

Top players: Michelle Hemmingway, Sr., S; Chrissy Carmody, Sr., OH; Kelly Phelan, Jr., OH.

Outlook: In only the school's third year of volleyball, new coach Levy sees potential for a winning season. The Reds feature some talented players, including Hemmingway, the setter, and outside hitters Carmody and Phelan.

Seton Keough Gators

1995 record: 10-13.

Coach: Karen Janney.

Top players: Amy Zeffiro, Sr., S; Nessa Klein, Jr., MH; Laura Kuech, Sr., OH; Cyndi Luerz, Sr., OH.

Outlook: With six returners from a team that finished third in the Catholic League last season, the Gators once again should be near the top.

Southern Bulldogs

1995 record: 0-14.

Coach: Bill Parker.

Outlook: Parker, who last coached volleyball 14 years ago, takes over a floundering program. Parker said a new attitude will help his team win some games.

Walbrook Warriors

1995 record: 0-14.

Coach: Vanessa Marion.

Top players: Crystal McSween, So., H; Dena McGriff, So., S; MiShaun McFadden, So., H.

Outlook: If Marion can keep this team together for a couple more years, it could be one of the city's best.

Western Doves

1995 record: 10-5.

Coach: Anna Gibbs.

Top players: Tiffany Silver, Jr., OH; Jay Brown, Sr., S; Shannon Moore, Sr., OH.

Outlook: The Doves graduated every starter, leaving first-year coach Gibbs with a rebuilding project.

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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