All-Carroll County volleyball teams

November 30, 1999

Player of the Year

Stephanie Wilder, Liberty, senior, hitter: The epitome of a complete volleyball player, Wilder was a presence all over the court for the Lions this season. Positioned in the middle of all six rotations, the 5-foot-10 senior led the county in kills with 260 (3.5 a game) in 621 attempts, helping Liberty to a 14-4 mark and a trip to the Class 3A West regional finals. She and junior Lauryn Smith teamed to give the Lions the best one-two punch in the county, combining for 34 kills in a regional semifinal win over rival South Carroll. Hitting, however, was only part of her game. She also proved herself unselfish, making over 700 passes, an especially large number for a front-line masher, and collected 113 digs on defense, ranking her fourth in the county. What's more, she was extremely consistent, mostly avoiding the cold spells that eventually seem to catch up with even the best players over the course of a five-game match. "She has a real presence on the court -- a mental toughness," said her coach, Dave Trumbo. "She's such a great passer, but then she also led the county in kills. To me, she's the best player in the county, by far."

Coach of the Year

Alice Smith, Francis Scott Key: Smith demanded the very best from her players, and always seemed to get just that. Under her tutelage, Key rolled to a 17-3 mark and No. 5 ranking, including its ninth state finals appearance since 1977. And though they don't normally play other teams from the county, the Eagles again proved themselves superior on the local scene, capturing their fifth straight Carroll County tournament title in October. Led by hitters Kim Sheedy, Samantha Stambaugh, Jen Sawyer and Adria Stonesifer, known to Eagles fans as "The Four S's," along with setter Carrie Ness, Key dominated opponents from all over the court. They displayed the true definition of "team," with four different players totaling at least 100 kills and three over 100 digs. What made them special, however, was their serving. The Eagles compiled an 89 percent serving average, in large part because of Smith, who made her team run wind sprints if they fell below 85 percent in a match.

The first team

Theresea Jason, Liberty, senior, setter: The heady senior set the ball an astonishing 1,757 times in the Lions' 5-1 offense, finishing second in the county with 7.1 assists a game. Her poise and penchant for knowing the whereabouts of other players on the court was a major reason why Liberty finished 14-4 and advanced to the regional championship match.

Tiffany Langan, North Carroll, senior, hitter: ter: Despite her 5-foot-7 frame, the third-year varsity standout was a giant around the net, finishing fifth in the county in kills (2.4 a game) and seventh in blocks (0.7 a game). She was also one of the Panthers' top defensive players, coming up with 1.2 digs a game, sixth in the county.

Carrie Ness, Francis Scott Key, junior, setter: The quarterback of the state finalist Eagles, Ness established herself as the county's premier setter. She finished with a county-best 634 assists (8.2 a game) and hit more than 90 percent of her serves, including 40 aces. "She's an excellent setter who knows who to get the ball to," said Key coach Alice Smith.

Jen Sawyer, Francis Scott Key, senior, hitter: The 5-foot-7 outside hitter displayed great court movement in racking up 156 kills (2.1 a game), ranking her seventh in the county. She also had an 86 percent serving average with 50 aces, and finished second in the county with 123 digs, helping the Eagles to the Class 2A state title match.

Kim Sheedy, Francis Scott Key, senior, hitter: An integral part of the Eagles' 17-3 season, the 6-footer finished third in the county in kills with 216 (2.9 a game). Her standout play also extended to defense, where she had a county-best 154 digs and 29 blocks, and serving, where she had a 90 percent average and 46 aces.

Lauryn Smith, Liberty, junior, hitter: The hard-hitting junior was second in the county with 252 kills and sixth in blocks with 56. Though just 5-9, her 24-inch vertical leap allowed her to dominate opponents at the net, especially in the playoffs when she had 98 kills in four matches to help the Lions to the regional final.

Vicky Softy, South Carroll, senior, hitter: One of the county's premier front-row players, the 5-10 senior was never satisfied with her performance. She finished eighth in the county in kills (1.5 a game) and fifth in blocks (60). Her back-row play also improved during the course of the season, as she helped the Cavaliers to a 13-4 mark.

Samantha Stambaugh, Francis Scott Key, junior, hitter: As a junior, Stambaugh was one of the most intimidating net players in the area this season. The 6-footer used her powerful hitting to rack up 213 kills (2.8 a game), ranking her fourth in the county, and a county-best 111 blocks, as Key advanced to the Class 2A state title match.

Emily Wolfing, South Carroll, junior, hitter: ter: South Carroll's go-to player, Wolfing excelled all over the court while playing a full rotation. She finished sixth in the county in kills (2.2 a game) and fourth in blocks (0.9 a game), helping the Cavaliers improve from 8-6 a year ago to 13-4, including 11-3 in Carroll County.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Carroll County volleyball team was selected by Rich Scherr after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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