Preseason Top 15

September 03, 2002

1. Towson

Last season: 19-1, ranked No. 2

The defending Class 2A state champion has several key returnees and will get better as their setters gain experience.

2. Glenelg

Last season: 16-4, No. 5

Experience, height, depth and a superb setter make last year's 2A finalist Howard County's team to beat.

3. Broadneck

Last season: 17-3, No. 3

The defending 4A state champion is counting on a host of returnees to make a third straight trip to the final four.

4. River Hill

Last season: 13-3, No. 7

Already with good overall height and balance, the Howard County champion gets a boost with Carly Barisich, a 6-foot-1 transfer from Utah.

5. Centennial

Last season: 12-3, No. 8

Skilled and quick, the Eagles will put one of their best ever defensive teams on the floor.

6. Severna Park

Last season: 20-1, No. 1

How fast several Falcons newcomers come along will determine their season.

7. Arundel

Last season: 13-3, No. 14

An athletic and experienced returning nucleus makes the Wildcats a challenger in Anne Arundel County.

8. Owings Mills

Last season: 14-4, unranked

Arguably Baltimore County's top setter, junior Stacey Wasserman is ready to spark an experienced group.

9. Dulaney

Last season: 15-3, No. 4

How fast the Lions adjust to new coach Joanne Marshall could determine their season.

10. Mount Hebron

Last season: 3-12, unranked

Here is Howard County's sleeper. New coach Mike Moynihan moves up from JV to turn the Vikings around.

11. C. Milton Wright

Last season: 11-5, unranked

Returning second-team All-Metro hitter Jessica Allen and her supporting cast make the Mustangs Harford County's team to beat.

12. CHEN

Last season: 25-1, No. 9

The home-schooled Bravehearts should defend their Maryland Christian Athletic League title under new coach Janis Umetin.

13. McDonogh

Last season: 17-3, No. 11

The Eagles appear to have enough experience and firepower repeat as the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

14. Fallston

Last season: 11-4, unranked

The Cougars figure to play as they did in 2000 when they made the state semifinals.

15. Western

Last season: 14-3, unranked

With hitters Jerrie Hicks and Beth Sloat returning, the Doves should be the class of the city again.

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