All-Carroll volleyball team, 1997

November 19, 1997|By JOHN W. STEWART

Coach of the Year

David Trumbo, Liberty: With three seniors for leadership and guidance, the second-year coach molded a young team into one that shared the Central Maryland Conference championship, and won a regional title before losing to Northern-Calvert, the eventual Class 3A champion, in the state semifinals. In the process the team improved on its record of a year ago, going 15-4 for a two-year record of 25-8. The year before he arrived, the Lions were 7-8. Trumbo, who played soccer at Towson University in the mid-1970s, has an undergraduate degree in physical education and a graduate degree in recreation administration. In the past, he had officiated volleyball at the college level, and was looking at a possible coaching job when he received a call asking if he was interested in the open position at Liberty following Helen Derwin's leaving. The team started its season strongly, winning its first five matches, before losing to Westminster and North Carroll. Thereafter, the Eldersburg school won 10 of its next 11 to get to the state tournament.

Player of the Year

Katie Righter, Westminster, senior, middle hitter: This 6-foot-1 two-year starter says she has always been the tallest girl in her class. She first encountered the game in a gym class and it was a situation where her height was an advantage. She played on the JV for two years, and moved up to the varsity at the end of her second season. Coming into this year, she says, "I wasn't sure what to expect, because our strongest hitter had graduated," and there was a new head coach, Michele Crouse, who had been associated with the program several years ago. She did not need to be concerned, as the Owls recovered from a shaky start to win nine successive matches and the county title. She finished the season as the leading blocker in the county, second in kills with an average of three a game to go with a serving percentage of 90, with 39 aces. Off the court, she is a 3.85 student.

First team at a glance

Heather Abel, F.S. Key, senior, outside hitter: The only returning starter from last year's state championship team, she has an incredible vertical jump, and was her team's hardest hitter. She led the team in kills (109), digs (158), and good serves received (221) and was second in passing. The Eagles won six of their first seven and captured the annual county tournament, before stumbling in October. Of five straight losses, three were five-game matches.

Jen Geiman, North Carroll, senior, setter: A co-captain considered "a coach on the floor," by coach Lloyd Ford, she ran a 5-1 offense and was able to cover the net when needed. She set most every pass and had 295 assists and 138 service points for the regular season and another 31 assists in the regionals, where the Panthers (10-6) lost in the semifinals to Richard Montgomery.

Laurie Meadows, Liberty, senior, setter: The 5-foot-3 floor leader was one-half of the Lions' 1-2 senior punch. In addition to her sound all-around play, she was a major factor in helping the younger players on the team. She was nearly perfect in serving with a percentage of 98, missing only seven times out of 316, and added 56 aces, 204 service points, and 59 digs.

Emily Stuard, Liberty, senior, middle hitter: The other senior leader for the Lions was a 5-foot-10 front-row force, and the two combined to be instrumental in the team's development. She strained ligaments in her left ankle in a post-game celebration at the regional final -- where she was the dominant player -- and, although giving it a try in the state semifinal, she saw limited action while basically playing on one leg. "She was certainly an important factor to our playing well and getting that far, and you had to feel badly for her," coach Dave Trumbo said. She was a runaway county leader in kills with 220, and contributed 121 service points and 28 aces.

Kate Wall, North Carroll, junior, middle hitter: The best hitter for the Panthers had 160 kills and 53 blocks to go with 122 service points. The all-around floor game of this 5-foot-9 front-row player, the only non-senior on this all-star squad, complemented her power and she was considered the team's workhorse.

The teams

Player of the Year: Katie Righter, Westminster

Coach of the Year: David Trumbo, Liberty

First team

Name, School, Class, Position

Heather Abel, F.S. Key, Senior, Hitter

Jen Geiman, North Carroll, Senior, Setter

Laurie Meadows, Liberty, Senior, Setter

Katie Righter, Westminster, Senior, Hitter

Emily Stuard, Liberty, Senior, Hitter

Kate Wall, North Carroll, Junior, Hitter

Second team

Abby Barnett, Liberty, Junior, Hitter

Jessica Broderick, F.S. Key, Junior, Hitter

Abby Cornett, Westminster, Junior, Hitter

Els Houbregs, Westminster, Senior, Setter

Mandy South, South Carroll, Senior, Setter

Carrie Weant, F.S. Key, Junior, Setter

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Carroll County volleyball and field hockey teams were selected by John W. Stewart after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/19/97

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