2001 All-Anne Arundel County volleyball

November 27, 2001|By Pat O'Malley

Player of the Year

Lauren Klau, Severna Park: A three-time All-County hitter, this 6-foot-1 senior led the top-ranked Falcons to a banner season: county and regional titles, a berth to the Class 3A state title match and a 20-1 record. Klau's inspirational and vocal style, not to mention her ability to take over a match with her dominating play at the net, led the Falcons to 20 straight wins. In the 3A final loss to Northern-Calvert, Klau had five blocks, four kills and was 13-for-13 serving. She led Severna Park in kills (3.0 a game) and service aces (2.3) on a superb serving team and was second in blocks (1.15). In the Falcons' sweep of No. 6 Liberty (17-1) in the 3A semifinals, Klau was 20-for-21 serving with three aces as the team served an incredible cumulative 61-for-62. "Lauren is intense on the court, and it rubs off on her teammates," said coach Julie Allen. After the Falcons fell behind 2-0 to eventual 4A state champion Broadneck in the county championship match, Klau sparked a spirited comeback from two games down to win in five. Klau had 20 kills, 16 digs and was 17-for-18 serving against their rival. The Bruins had won the county and 4A regional titles over the Falcons in 2000. Severna Park took this year's regular-season match on Klau's 13 kills and eight blocks. Klau has already accepted a volleyball scholarship to Towson University.

Coach of the Year

Julie Allen, Severna Park: After a brilliant playing career as a two-time All-Metro hitter (1994, '95) at Severna Park and a record-setting hitter at UNC-Wilmington, Allen returned to her alma mater to try her hand at coaching. Seemingly low-key, Allen had an extraordinary rookie season, guiding the Falcons (20-1) to county and 3A East Regional titles and wins over seven top-10 teams. She came within one win of the perfect season losing the 3A final to Northern-Calvert. "I used to be very quiet, and most of my accomplishments came through volleyball," said the 23-year old Allen, who is also a personal trainer. She decided to try coaching because she "wanted to take on a leadership role." From Day One, Allen laid out her defense-first philosophy with emphasis on passing and serving. "We love her, she's great, an amazing coach, knows what it's like to play and knows how to motivate us," said Klau, who added that the coach is not always low-key: "Sometimes, when she gets going, she can be so intense. She knows when she's got to be hard on us." Allen's assistant coach, Joe Parks, said Allen's youth enabled her to establish instant communication with the players. "She's young, not that far removed from the players and, like the players, I learned a lot from her," Parks said.

First team

Megan Boyd, Severna Park: A three-year starter and a two-time All-County setter, the 5-6 senior is a superb passer and extremely adept at finding the open hitters. Boyd led the team in assists 7.0 a game) including 20 in the 3-0 state semifinal victory over No. 6 Liberty. Boyd (1.75 aces a game) had probably her best match in the come-from-behind win over Broadneck for the county championship. She had 41 assists, was 17-for-19 serving with three aces and had five kills. Boyd has a lacrosse scholarship to Penn State.

Erin Farabaugh, Broadneck: A strong left-handed hitter, the 5-9 senior is also an excellent setter when called on. Farabaugh, who averaged 3.6 kills a game, played above played even better in the state tournament. She recorded six kills in a five-game victory over Gaithersburg in the 4A semifinals and came back with five in the Bruins' championship victory over Eleanor Roosevelt. Called "a team leader" by coach Romonzo Beans, Farabaugh led a team that averaged 12.2 blocks a game with 4.0 a game. She also led the No. 3-ranked Bruins (17-3) in service aces (3.3 a game) and assists (3.5).

Hallie Fuller, Broadneck: One of three first-team repeaters with Severna Park's Boyd and Klau, the 5-8 junior setter set a school record with 49 assists in 4A East Regional final victory at No. 13 Westminster. Fuller followed up the regional with 45 assists in the two state tournament victories and was 27-for-29 serving in the hard-earned win over Gaithersburg in the semifinals.

Christina Grempler, Severna Park: A lanky, 6-3 senior with fluid lateral movement, Grempler developed into a force in the middle for the Falcons. In the team's second match of the season, a win at No. 2-ranked Towson (19-1), the eventual 2A state champion, Grempler had a coming-out party with eight kills and 13 blocks. Against then-No. 2 Dulaney, Grempler had 10 kills and six blocks in another win. In the county final over Broadneck, she had 11 kills. Grempler will be a redshirt freshman at Towson University in the fall.

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