Local Sports: High School Volleyball Preview

September 04, 1996|By Stan Rappaport

Atholton Raiders

1995 record: 6-9.

Coach: Mike Kalinock.

Top players: Jessica Edwards, Sr., OH; Madigan Marth, Sr., OH; Erin Shaw, Sr., S; Laura Kakuda, Sr., MH.

Outlook: Kalinock, an assistant and JVcoach the last two years, replaces Sybil Modispacher, who now is at River Hill. "I think we'll definitely finish in the top half of the county," said Kalinock, whose team tied for fifth (6-8) in last year's standings. Kalinock, who will start five seniors, said the team will focus "on a strong middle attack" and that the "whole offense will speed up." Edwards and Kakuda, both returning starters, have improved considerably, said Kalinock, who also complimented Shaw's "very solid" play. Jennifer Thomas, a sophomore middle-hitter, also will start.

Centennial Eagles

1995 record: 14-2.

Coach: Mike Bossom.

Top players: Meredith Price, Sr., MH; Briana Zolak, Jr., OH; Susan Yi, Jr., S; Robyn West, Jr., RH; Kathleen O'Connor, Jr., MH.

Outlook: Zolak said last year's more experienced team might have taken things for granted. The result: The Eagles lost for the first time to a county team since 1990 against Glenelg, then lost to Mount Hebron in the Class 3A East region final, preventing a fourth straight state title. "This year, we have a new offense and a new attitude," Zolak said. "I think we'll be better." Nine of the team's 10 playersplayed club this year. Price made All-Metro last year, and, as the only senior, will be counted on to lead the Eagles. "She's very important to our team," said Bossom, whose team won the county last year with a 13-1 record. "Her will to win and her experience really helps." Rounding out theCentennial attack will be sophomore setter Lisa Chapman and juniors Marcy Cangiano (backcourt specialist), Suzy McCulloch (middle hitter), Michelle Flather (outside hitter) and Melissa Bossle (backcourt specialist).

Chapelgate Christian Flames

1995 record: 12-8.

Coach: Chris Moxley.

Top players: Heather Davison, Sr., OH; Stephanie Kunkel, So., S/MH; Devon Jancuska, Jr., OH; Amy Sackville, So., S.

Outlook: "We anticipate a good season," said first-year coach Chris Moxley, who replaces Matt Sanner. "There really aren't any weak spots. Our starting team can really cover the floor very well." Sophomore outside-hitter Jennie Van Ness, junior middle-hitter Liz Klein and junior outside-hitter Sue Huber will contribute to the team's depth. The Flames play in the Christian School Athletic Association.

Glenelg Gladiators

1995 record: 17-4.

Coach: Fred Talentino.

Top players: Andie Marks, Sr., OH; Pam Goldberg, Jr., S/OH; Kim Laws, Jr., OH; Bonnie Kessler, Sr., S.

Outlook: The Gladiators, who finished third (10-4) in the county but won the state Class 2A title last year, must find a way to replace All-Metro Player of the Year Elisa Davidson (graduated) and second-team All-County setter Amber Rieg (redistricted to River Hill). Glenelg has a balanced attack, with Kessler the primary setter. Jamie Bullock, a sophomore outside-hitter, and junior middle-hitter Arney Walker also are expected to make solid contributions. "We have strong servers and hitters," said Talentino, who replaces Marlene Janis, now a volunteer assistant with the team. "We have the experience and the talent to win."

Hammond Golden Bears

1995 record: 10-8.

Coach: Ken McLaughlin.

Top players: Kyra Sliwinski, Jr., MH; Adriane Panzera, Jr. MH; Lauren Inouye, Jr., OH/S; Jennifer Dickson, Jr., OH; Monica McLaughlin, So., S.

Outlook: The Golden Bears graduated nine players from last year's team that finished fourth (7-7) in the county. But a solid group of players from the county-champion JV squad will make Hammond competitive. "I think we'll have a good team," McLaughlin said. "We just need to come together and get contributions from everybody." Panzera, Inouye, Dickson and McLaughlin, members of last year's JV, all play club ball, as does Sliwinski. Also expected to contribute will be senior right-hitter Carrie Carter and junior outside-hitter Stephanie Forsythe, a transfer from Boston.

Howard Lions

1995 record: 2-14.

Coach: Craig O'Connell.

Top players: Rachael Grantham, Sr., BCS; Kristie Dymond, Sr., OH; Trista Tindall, Sr., S; Ophelia Tindall, So., OH; Coby Callahan, Sr., OH.

Outlook: Five of six starters return, and O'Connell expects to see improvement from this veteran team that finished seventh (2-12) in the county last year. The Lions also are expecting solid contributions from senior middle-hitter Chanelle Carter, senior outside-hitter Erin Pyne, sophomore outside-hitter Julie Newhouse and senior backcourt-specialist Dionne Jones.

Long Reach Lightning

1995 record: 0-0.

Coach: Christine Ewing.

L Top players: Adey Ansune, Jr., S/OH; Kathy Shahrokh, Fr., S.

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