1996 All-Carroll County volleyball team

November 20, 1996|By Jeff Seidel

Player of the Year

Stephanie Stambaugh, Francis Scott Key: The senior middle hitter, also last fall's Player of the Year, had an even better season for the Class 1A state champions. Coach Leo Totten said Stambaugh improved in several different areas, making her even harder to defend against. While certainly a complete player, power was Stambaugh's forte. The team's go-to hitter, Stambaugh racked up 192 kills through the region playoffs. Her 15 kills helped in the three-game sweep over Williamsport last Saturday for the state title. "Each year, she gets progressively better," said Totten.

Coach of the Year

Leo Totten, Francis Scott Key: Last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year, Totten got his 100th career victory with last weekend's state title triumph over Williamsport. The win was sweet for Totten and the Eagles, who had their perfect season ruined with a loss to Williamsport in last year's state final. The Eagles' lone loss this season also was to the Wildcats last month, but Key played much better the second time around. "It seemed like any time we played a team the second time, we played a lot better," said Totten. "Also, it's the way we responded to the final step. I just thought we didn't handle the bigness of the whole thing last year. This year, they had last year under their belt." Totten (100-19) has won one state title, five region championships and the two county tournaments held during his six years at Key.

The first team

Lisa Beverly, North Carroll, outside hitter, senior: Known mostly for her powerful jump serve, Beverly was a strong overall player. She hustled all over the court, and her intensity pushed the entire team. Beverly led the team with 39 aces, but she sparked the team in several ways. She was not afraid to hit the floor going after a loose ball and worked hard in practice and during games.

Carisa Kreichauf, North Carroll, middle hitter, senior: The team's most powerful hitter, Kreichauf was the go-to player when the Panthers needed a front-line point. With 181 kills and 30 blocks, she often dominated at the net. Kreichauf improved this season, especially in blocking, which she focused on during the off-season. She can make a difference all over the court. Kreichauf could pass and serve with style.

Erin Ness, Francis Scott Key, setter, senior: nior: She made the Key offense go with her consistent setting. Ness had 321 assists through the region tournament, and she added 21 more in the state championship match. Totten said Ness constantly made sure the set was where the hitter wanted it. The coach also said Ness improved every year. In fact, the Eagles switched to a 5-1 offense this year, one that demands precision from a setter.

Cindy Sheedy, Francis Scott Key, middle hitter, senior: A great complement to Stambaugh, Sheedy helped give the Eagles a powerful 1-2 punch. She played on the front row when Stambaugh didn't and had 103 kills through the region tournament. The senior also helped the team in other ways. Sheedy led the team in aces (38 through regions) and was a great defensive player and a strong passer. She also ended up leading the team in service points.

Candice Young, Liberty, setter, senior: A consistent player who often sparked the Lions' offense, her sets were usually perfect and helped the front-line players do their jobs. Her consistency was a big plus for Liberty. She finished with 681 assists in the Lions' 16 matches -- 139 of which went for kills. Young was strong all over the court, with an 89 percent serving average and an 83 percent hitting percentage. She also finished with 69 kills this season for the 11-5 Lions.

All-Carroll County Volleyball

Player of the Year: Stephanie Stambaugh, Francis Scott Key

@4 Coach of the Year: Leo Totten, Francis Scott Key

FIRST TEAM

Name, School, Year, Position

Candice Young, Liberty, Senior, Setter

Cindy Sheedy, Francis Scott Key, Senior, Hitter

Erin Ness, Francis Scott Key, Senior, Setter

Lisa Beverly, North Carroll, Senior, Hitter

Stephanie Stambaugh, Francis Scott Key, Senior, Hitter

Carisa Kreichauf, North, Carroll, Senior, Hitter

SECOND TEAM

Heather Abel, Francis Scott Key, Junior, Hitter

Courtney Butler, South Carroll, Senior, Hitter

Karen Carter, North Carroll, Senior, Hitter

Honesty Drumgoole, Westminster, Senior, Hitter

Nicole Keffer, Francis Scott Key, Senior, Hitter

Emily Stuard, Liberty, Junior, Hitter

THIRD TEAM

Ayrika Frock, Francis Scott Key, Senior, Hitter

Amber Peltzer, North Carroll, Senior, Setter

Katie Righter, Westminster, Junior, Hitter

Stacy Smith, Liberty, Senior, Hitter

Ce Wagener, South Carroll, Senior, Hitter

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Carroll County field hockey and volleyball teams were selected by Glenn P. Graham and Jeff Seidel, respectively, after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/20/96

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