Local Sports: High School Volleyball Preview

September 04, 1996|By Ed McDonough

Carroll Christian Patriots

1995 record: 20-4.

Coach: Judy Mied.

Top players: Cathy Saylor, Sr., OH; Jodi Beard, Jr., MH; Kelly DeWitt, Jr., OH; LeighAnn Belcher, Soph., S; Lauren Belcher, Soph., OH; Lisa Rill, Soph., S; Rebecca Mied, Jr., MH; Renee Coglianese, Fr., MH; Mindy Kirk, Jr., OH; Melissa Johnson, Jr., OH; Lindsay Bostic, Jr., OH.

Outlook: The Patriots start the season with two starters -- Beard and DeWitt -- back from a team that went 14-0 in the regular season before winning conference and state tournaments and appearing in region and nation Christian schools tournaments. But the key may be the return of Saylor from a broken wrist, which probably won't be until the final third of the season at the soonest. Carroll Christian has boosted its schedule to include a pair of Catholic schools plus one public school team from Frederick County and another from Harford County. "This year is going to be interesting for us," said Mied, noting that in addition to the new opponents, several tradition rivals have been improving, too. But if Friday's opener against Broadfording Academy, one of those up-and-comers, is any indication, the Patriots should do well this season, as they swept the match, 15-9, 15-0, 15-9.

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1995 record: 19-1.

Coach: Leo Totten.

Top players: Stephanie Stambaugh, Sr., MH; Cindy Sheedy, Sr., MH; Erin Ness, Sr., S; Nicole Keffer, Sr., OH; Ayrika Frock, Sr., OH; Cassie Gilmore, Sr. MH; Na'Tosha Brooks, Sr., OH; Heather Abel, Jr., OH; Tammy Wilson, Jr., H; Laura Caprarola, Jr., S; Amanda Holland, Jr., S; Erin Carter, Jr., OH.

Outlook: With four starters back from a team that finished one match short of a state title last year, 1995 Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year Totten must use that as motivation for the coming season without letting his players lose focus on tough county and MVAL foes during the regular season. "If that's not at least in the back of our minds, we're cutting ourselves short," Totten said of talk about winning a state title. But, "We've been taking it one practice at a time and one scrimmage at a time and we'll take the season one game at a time." Totten is so confident in the potential of returning starter Ness at center that he's switched to a 5-1 offense to give his team extra offensive potential. "I'm just looking forward to this group that's been with me the last few years," said Totten, noting that three started on varsity as sophomores. "Their intelligence shows on the court."

Liberty Lions

1995 record: 7-8.

Coach: Dave Trumbo.

Top players: Candice Young, Sr., S; Tara Prozialeck, Sr., H; Kristen Pulio, Sr., S; Stacy Smith, Sr., H; Emily Stuard, Jr., MH; Abby Barnett, Soph., MH.

Outlook: The Lions lack height, but they have Candice Young, one of the best setters and servers (she had a 99 percent accuracy rate last year) in the county. "If we can't pass to Candice, were not going to do anything," said Trumbo. "We don't have a senior over 5-foot-4. We're going to be aggressive on defense and Candice will run the show on offense." The only height on the team is Stuard at 5-9 and Barnett at 5-8, and the Lions will depend on them to clog up the middle. Though Trumbo has officiated for many years, he's mostly done collge games in recent years and said he's not particularly familiar with either the county or Central Maryland Conference competition, but said that may be a benefit since he will concentrate on making his team the best it can be.

North Carroll Panthers

1995 record: 16-5.

Coach: Lloyd Ford.

Top players: Carissa Kreichauf, Sr., H; Amber Peltzer, Sr., S; Lisa Beverly, Sr., H; Karen Carter, Sr., H; Jennifer Brezler, Sr., H.

Outlook: Don't expect a lot of changes in the Panthers' formula for success even though the coaching staff has changed. Ford said he'll stick to the formula used by predecessors Don'a Martin and Linda Richards as the Panthers have had the county's most consistent program over the past 15 years. "I'm staying with the formula they've been successful with in the past." Four returning starters are led by a potent one-two punch of Kreichauf and Carter, first team all-county a year ago, at the net. Peltzer will be the primary setter with the graduation of Stacy Cook. Through the preseason, Ford said he's been particularly impressed with the team's intensity, but added he's hoping for better consistency in execution.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1995 record: 8-7.

Coach: Debbie Eaton.

Top players: Ce Wagener, Sr., H; Courtney Butler, Sr., H; Christa Farrar, Sr., H; Jenny Woodward, Sr., S; Robin Deniker, Sr., S; Many Goad, Sr., H; Erica Horst, Sr., H; Sayaka Miyagi, Sr., H; Kim Lewis, Jr., S; Caron Culver, Jr., H; Mandy South, Jr., S; Tina Miller, Jr., H.

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