Volleyball

All-anne Arundel County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Christina Greene

Broadneck

A three-year starter for the Bruins, Greene may have had the top all-around game of any player in Anne Arundel County this season.

In leading the No. 4 Bruins (18-2) to the Anne Arundel County championship and the Class 4A state final for a fourth straight year, Greene is the third from her school to be named county player of the year.

Greene, a 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter, not only delivered powerful hits and kills, but the left-hander also sent torpedo-like service aces.

She threw her body all over the court to make plays, and defense also was an important part of her game.

"Christina is focused and all over the court," said Bruins coach Romonzo Beans. "She had a lot to do with our success over the past three years. We had an impressionable young team that benefited from her inspiration."

Greene averaged 2.5 kills, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 service aces per game. And she led the Bruins and the county in digs with 141.

Broadneck was 2-1 in state finals with Greene, who had seven kills and three aces in a five-game state-final loss to Quince Orchard (19-0) this season.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Romonzo Beans

Broadneck

Beans turned in a remarkable coaching job in his seventh season by leading the Bruins to the Anne Arundel County title and a fourth consecutive state final with only three seniors.

Their season ended in a five-game loss to Quince Orchard (19-0) in the 4A title match.

Broadneck graduated four senior starters from its 2002 4A state champion. Player of the Year Christina Greene and Dana Mullenhard were the only returning starters.

Greene and Mullenhard, along with Old Mill transfer Mandy Gerolstein, were the only seniors on this year's team.

Beans, who repeats as county Coach of the Year, blended his powerful senior hitting trio with younger players that included two sophomore starters in setter Stephanie Carey and opposite hitter Kanishia Sheppard.

Under Beans' guidance, Carey turned into one of the county's top setters, averaging 9.2 assists per game.

"He is so intense, and we feed off that," said Mullenhard. "He makes sure we stay focused."

Beans has led the Bruins to a 70-10 record during their four-year run to the 4A state final that includes back-to-back state titles in 2001-02. Beans, who is assisted by his wife, Beth, is 97-25 in seven seasons.

FIRST TEAM

Rachael Caruso

Severna Park

Caruso was the No. 7 Falcons' setter. The 5-foot-6 senior's years of dance and ballet aided her agility, balance and positioning. She led the team in assists (343), serving percentage (.929 on 261-for-281) and aces (62). Caruso also played superb defense and had 44 digs.

Lynn Cipollone

Severna Park

Known as "Chip," the intense, 5-foot-9 senior led the county runner-up in kills (150) a second straight year and digs (89) with her consistent, all-out play. Strong at the service line at .897 percent (156-for-174), Cipollone, a repeat first-team selection, delivered 57 aces.

Mandy Gerolstein

Broadneck

Transferring from Old Mill her senior year, Gerolstein became a force in the middle for the county champion and Class 4A finalists. The 6-foot-1 hitter averaged 2.7 kills, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 service aces in leading the Bruins to an 18-2 record. She was an integral part of an intimidating hitting trio.

Tiffany Johnson

Arundel

A first-team repeat pick, the 5-foot-11 junior middle hitter is a Division I prospect. Johnson has both power and athleticism, and gave up basketball to concentrate on volleyball. She led the No. 10 Wildcats (12-4) in kills (148) and blocks (79), and served 79 percent (65-for-82) with 27 aces.

Alex McGuire

Arundel

McGuire and teammate Tiffany Johnson are the only juniors named to the first team. A second-team choice last season, the 5-foot-9 outside hitter is one of the county's top all-around female athletes. McGuire led the Wildcats in serving at 195-for-201 (.970), digs (172) and aces (35), and had 82 kills.

Dana Mullenhard

Broadneck

A consistent outside hitter and the inspirational senior leader of the Bruins, the 6-foot Mullenhard averaged 1.9 kills, one block and 1.4 service aces per game. Bruins coach Romonzo Beans cited Mullenhard, who has a 4.13 grade- point-average and strong work ethic, as being a leader by example for his younger players.

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Christina Greene, Broadneck

Coach of the Year: Romonzo Beans, Broadneck

First team

Name School Class Position

Lynn Cipollone Severna Park Senior Hitter

Mandy Gerolstein Broadneck Senior Hitter

Christina Greene Broadneck Senior Hitter

Tiffany Johnson Arundel Junior Hitter

Alex McGuire Arundel Junior Hitter

Dana Mullenhard Broadneck Senior Hitter

Rachael Caruso Severna Park Senior Setter

Second team

Name School Class Position

Ashlee Allen Severna Park Sophomore Hitter

Casey Baker South River Senior Hitter

Monica Bunts Annap. Area CS Senior Hitter

Allison Lund St. Mary's Senior Hitter

Katherine O'Brien Severna Park Senior Hitter

Corinne Roddy Annap. Area CS Junior Hitter

Stephanie Carey Broadneck Sophomore Setter

Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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