Baltimore County volleyball preview

September 07, 1997|By Kevin Eck and Rich Scherr

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1996 record: 7-8.

Coach: Liz Byers.

Top players: Darla Heller, Sr., hitter; Julie Barber, So., setter; Jessi Rider, Sr., hitter.

Outlook: The Eagles are very young, but have plenty of potential. They graduated four following last year's strong showing in the AIS B Division, but return Heller (60 aces in 44 games) and feature several other up-and-comers.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1996 record: 7-4.

Coach: Margie McClure.

Top players: Nina Austerm, So., middle hitter; Alisa Baer, Sr., defense; Edie Meyerson, Sr., setter; Elina Berman, Sr., outside hitter.

Outlook: Last year's team made it to the AIS B Division finals, but McClure thinks this year's squad has the potential to be just as good if not better. The Warriors feature good all-around skills and an abundance of height.

Carver A&T Wildcats

1996 record: 0-14.

Coach: Liz Byers.

Top players: Leslie McTague, Jr., setter/outside hitter; Rachael Hartman, Sr., middle hitter/outside hitter; Mae Wilt, Sr., outside hitter; Katey Korby, Jr., setter; Brooke Elsnic, Jr., outside hitter; Ashley Hull, Jr., middle hitter/outside hitter.

Outlook: Don't expect the Wildcats to go winless again this season, but don't expect a winning campaign, either. Carver has just three starters back and Meitl will still be working on fundamentals.

Catonsville Comets

1996 record: 10-3.

Coach: Debbie Clem.

Top players: Marci Brewer, Sr., hitter/setter; Kate Hipsley, Sr., hitter; Dani Remeikis, Sr., hitter; Lauren Buckley, Jr., setter; Katie Crotts, Sr., defense; Ashley Daniels, Jr., middle hitter.

Outlook: As usual, the Comets should be one of the top teams in Division I. Brewer is the team's best all-around player and Hipsley returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1996 record: 2-11.

Coach: Kristin Prezel.

Top players: Nicole Mryncza, Sr., setter; Devaki Lee, Sr.; Cretia Gibson, Sr.; Amanda Stansburg, Sr., setter; Jennifer Komornik, Sr.

Outlook: The Bayhawks went from 13 wins and the Division II title in 1995 to two victories last year. Prezel expects the team to be much improved.

Dulaney Lions

1996 record: 12-2.

Coach: Ian Blanchard.

Top players: Melaney Heagy, Jr., outside hitter; Lisa Headd, Sr., middle hitter; Jody Costa, Sr., outside hitter/middle hitter; Teresa Graham, Jr., outside hitter.

Outlook: The Lions have a new coach, but not much else has changed -- they still are one of the favorites in Division I and a threat to win a state title. Dulaney lost two solid players (Tracy Mixsis and Jennifer Confer) to graduation, but all 12 players have club experience.

Dundalk Owls

1996 record: 3-11.

Coach: Amanda Barnes.

Top players: Nicole Manning, Sr., middle hitter; Jenny Tallagsen, Sr., setter; Julia Miller, Soph., hitter; Natalie Romano, Soph., setter; Shannon King, Jr., middle hitter.

Outlook: The Owls return four starters and first-year coach Barnes is optimistic about her team finishing above .500. Dropping down to Division II will help. Barnes cites her team's cohesiveness as its main asset.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1996 record: 10-6.

Coach: Mike Biedermann.

Top players: Christina Fox, Sr., hitter; Jennifer Clauser, Sr., setter; Shannon Johnson, Sr., hitter; Sandy Birchfield, Sr., hitter; Lisa White, Sr., hitter; Stephanie Frederick, Sr., hitter.

Outlook: With six seniors among seven returnees, the Mavericks figure to be one of the top teams in Division II. Biedermann, in his fifth season, has seen a steady progression in his team each season and he likes the way they have meshed together.

Franklin Indians

1996 record: 6-8.

Coach: Jennifer Diaz.

Top players: Cathy Whitman, Sr., outside hitter; Sara Teter, Sr., setter.

Outlook: First-year coach Diaz will be blending five returnees with six players up from the junior varsity. So far, she has liked what she's seen. Diaz said she has a number of strong hitter and servers and the players communicate well.

Hereford Bulls

1996 record: 12-2.

Coach: Pat Pilson.

Top players: Ann Marie Pilson, Sr., setter; Jen Wilson, Sr., hitter; Erin Barnes, Jr., hitter, Stacey Ensor, Soph., setter.

Outlook: The Lions lost 11 players to graduation, so they will be starting over. Pilson, however, still believes her team can have a winning season in Division II. Her cause for optimism is the presence of several promising players up from a junior varsity team that won the county championship last season.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1996 record: 13-1.

Coach: Angie Navarro.

Top players: April Connor, Sr., setter; Felicia Mowll, Sr., setter; Erica Reed, Jr., outside hitter; Kristin Blackburn, Soph., outside hitter.

Outlook: Coming off an undefeated regular season, the Bluebirds have moved up to the more competitive Division I. Unfortunately, Kenwood lost five starters to graduation and this will be a rebuilding year. Navarro said her team will not have as much power as last season, but that the defense will be improved.

Lansdowne Vikings

1996 record: 10-7.

Coach: Jason Dykstra.

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