Local Sports: High School Girls Volleyball Preview

September 04, 1996|By Katherine Dunn and Rich Scherr

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1995 record: 5-7.

Coach: Liz Byers.

Top players: Jessica Young, Sr., S; Kelly Bilbrey, Sr., H.

Outlook: In their second season in the AIS B Division, the Eagles are hoping for a .500 year. Only two starters return from last year's squad, but Byers feels that as the season goes on, her team could surprise.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1995 record: 11-5.

Coach: Margie McClure.

Top players: Marlene Hollander, Sr., S; Mara Levin, Sr., H; Alisa Baer, Jr., S; Nina Auster, Fr., H.; Lily Dahan, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Warriors lost to McDonogh in the AIS B finals a season ago. This season, with McDonogh gone and all but two starters returning, Beth Tfiloh is primed for a run at the championship.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1995 record: 4-12.

Coach: Michele Patras.

Top players: Jena Stikas, Jr., S/H; Angela Jett, Jr., S; Lesley McTague, Soph., S; Brooke Elsnic, Soph., H.

Outlook: In their second varsity season, the Wildcats remain young and inexperienced, but new coach Patras has high hopes for improving on that record in Division II. At 5-10, Stikas has power, but there are more setters than experienced hitters.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 15-4.

Coach: Debbie Clem.

Top players: Marci Brewer, Jr., H; April Collins, Sr., S; Jessica Delamater, Sr., H; Danie Remeikis, Jr., H.

Outlook: The Comets reached the state Class 2A championship game last year, but graduation claimed their top gun, All-Metro powerhouse Shannon Rexrode, as well as veteran setter Abigail Clark. Rexrode carried the Comets last year, but now they will need a team effort to be competitive in Division I.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 13-5.

Coach: Joyce Kerr.

Top players: Nicole Mryncza, Jr., H; Amanda Stansburg, Jr., S; Lacretia Gibson, Jr., H.

Outlook: The Bayhawks won the Division II title last year, but a lot has changed since then. Every starter graduated, so this should be a rebuilding year. Kerr, who stopped coaching volleyball several years ago after 15 seasons, returns to fill a void for one year.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 13-5.

Coach: Don Overtoom.

Top players: Tracy Miksis, Sr., H; Jennifer Confer, Sr., H; Lisa Headd, Jr., H; Jody Costa, Jr., H; Kelli Kramer, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Lions have a surplus of hitters as well as a promising new setter in sophomore Katrina Papavasiliou, so the only question is whether they can pass the ball well enough to take advantage of that. Last year, the Lions struggled with their passing, especially in the regional championship game they lost to Perry Hall. Miksis, Confer and Headd are all at least 5-10 and have plenty of power.

Dundalk Eagles

1995 record: 11-9.

Coach: Angie Wabnum.

Top players: Heather Jones, Sr., H; Shannon Shook, Sr., H; Kristy Schultz, Sr., S.

Outlook: The Eagles struggled last year in Division I but came on strong to win three matches in the regional playoffs. Four starters return, including 5-7 hitters Jones and Shook as well as veteran setter Schultz. Wabnum, who played twice in the national small college tournament while at Wilmington College in Delaware, will try to improve the Eagles' all-around game, especially their serve receive.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1995 record: 9-7.

Coach: Mike Biedermann.

Top players: Christina Fox, Jr., H; Jenny Newell, Sr., S; Jenny Burkowski, Sr., H; Jenny Clauser, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Mavericks lost four starters, but Biedermann expects them to pick up right where they left off in Division II. Setters Newell and Clauser have experience and can hold the offense together. There's a balance of power, including three promising hitters between 5-9 and 5-11, moving up from JV. Fox, at 5-9, led the team in blocks and aces last year.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 8-9.

Coach: Pat Larson.

Top players: Cathy Whitman, Jr., H; Megan Erickson, Sr., H; Carrie Weih, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Indians lost four starters but have experienced middle hitters in Erickson and Weih. Larson, who coached Libery's JV last year, said he has height and athletic ability in several others. Junior Sara Teter, a reserve last year, will take over the setting chores.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 10-4.

Coach: Pat Pilson.

Top players: Jen Reidy, Sr., H; Betsy Power, Sr., S; Nicole Stockett, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Bulls made a huge turn-around last season, rebounding from a 4-10 season in 1994. If not for a strep virus that ran through the team late in the season, they might have done even better. Only two starters are gone and seven seniors return, including 5-8 Reidy, the top hitter.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1995 record: 11-3.

Coach: Susan Costello.

Top players: Sarah Steinberg, Sr., H; Kim Griffin, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Bluebirds took advantage of the county's move to divisions based on strength, improving from 1-10 in 1994. This year, Costello looks for another good season despite losing four starters. With height, good passing and solid setting, the Bluebirds have all the tools to contend again in Division II.

Lansdowne Vikings

1995 record: 8-7.

Coach: Jason Dykstra.

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