Volleyball

All-carroll County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Meghan McConville

Stacey Krebs

Liberty

McConville and Krebs were the one-two hitting punch that propelled Liberty to its fifth straight Carroll County title, third straight regional title, a Class 2A state title and, for the first time in school history, a No. 1 area ranking. When the juniors were together on the front row (during only one rotation), Liberty outscored opponents by an astounding 108 points.

Krebs, at 6 feet, averaged 3.06 kills and about a block per game while playing all six rotations. She also was successful on 92.6 percent of her serves and excelled in the back row. An emotional, competitive player who exudes confidence, Krebs was an intimidator at the net and capped off the season with 13 kills and four blocks in the state title match against Glenelg.

As the perfect complement, the 5-11 McConville was a calming influence on the court, rarely showing much emotion. Near the net, however, she was every bit as dangerous, averaging 3.17 kills per game, with a kill percentage of 44.4 percent. The outside hitter collected 21 kills in an early season match against county rival Francis Scott Key, and had 17 in a five-game road win over Thomas Johnson.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dave Trumbo

Liberty

Most observers knew that Liberty had talent coming into this season. With a team full of underclassmen, however, almost none expected the Lions to become the best team in the metro area, claiming their first Class 2A state title and ending the year with the school's first No. 1 ranking in any sport.

Paced by junior hitters Meghan McConville and Stacey Krebs, as well as junior setter Lauren Locklear, Liberty finishing 19-0 after upsetting Owings Mills and previously unbeaten Glenelg at the state tournament. In the process, the Lions also claimed their fifth straight county and third straight regional titles. And they did it Trumbo (116-27 in his eighth year) said he knew he had something special when his team traveled to Monocacy Valley Athletic League-power Thomas Johnson late in the season. Despite missing two starters and using three players out of position, the Lions managed to battle for a five-game victory.

FIRST TEAM

Melissa Axtell

South Carroll

A sophomore, Axtell blossomed into a force around the net . Playing the full rotation, the middle hitter finished with 141 kills and 56 blocks. She also excelled at serving, ending the year with 111 service points and 40 aces while leading South Carroll to a 9-7 record.

Erin Jenkins

Francis Scott Key

Jenkins continued her ascension into one of the best all-around hitters in Carroll County this season. In 72 games, the 5-foot-8 senior finished with 321 successful attacks, including 139 kills. Hitting, however, wasn't her only forte. She also excelled on defense (182 digs) and at the service line (team-high 82 aces). What's more, she was a team leader for the 14-2 Eagles.

Lauren Locklear

Liberty

The junior's first year as a varsity setter was memorable. After specializing in defense last season, Locklear replaced two-time county Player of the Year Laura Shand and didn't miss a beat, averaging 7.22 assists per game while mastering an assortment of different sets in a multi-faceted offense. She also served at a 93 percent clip with 34 aces in guiding the Lions to county, region and state titles.

Katie Seibel

Westminster

This outside hitter led all county players by averaging 3.5 kills per game, and tied for fourth in blocks at 1.1 per game. The senior was a force around the net, leading Westminster to an 11-4 mark and third place in the county. The repeat all-county pick, who spent three years on the varsity, has been scouted by numerous Division I schools.

Jen Stambaugh

Francis Scott Key

This three-year starter was one of the most dominant hitters in not just the county, but also the Monocacy Valley Athletic League. The 5-foot-11 senior finished the season with 435 successful attacks and 211 kills, or 2.9 per game. The basketball and softball standout who is looking to attend a Division I school for volleyball, compiled 607 kills and 407 digs over three years on the varsity.

Becka Ziegler

Century

There wasn't much that the senior hitter couldn't do this season. Ziegler led the Knights in kills (2.25 per game), digs (1.87 per game) and blocks (0.55 per game). She served with 95 percent accuracy, using her strong and consistent jump serve to collect 27 aces. Her dominating play helped push Century, in just its second year of varsity competition, to the .500 mark.

THE TEAMS

Co-Players of the Year: Meghan McConville, Stacey Krebs, Liberty

Coach of the Year: Dave Trumbo, Liberty

First team

Name School Class Position

Melissa Axtell South Carroll Sophomore Hitter

Erin Jenkins F.S. Key Senior Hitter

Stacey Krebs Liberty Junior Hitter

Meghan McConville Liberty Junior Hitter

Katie Seibel Westminster Senior Hitter

Jen Stambaugh F.S. Key Senior Hitter

Becka Ziegler Century Senior Hitter

Lauren Locklear Liberty Junior Setter

Second team

Name School Class Position

Mariah Dickinson Winters Mill Junior Hitter

Mandy Hill F.S/ Key Sophomore Hitter

Dianne Murphy South Carroll Senior Hitter

Stephanie Outten Westminster Sophomore Hitter

Lisa Rubin Westminster Senior Setter

Stephanie Scurci South Carroll Junior Hitter

Christina Yow Liberty Senior Hitter

Nicole Moser F.S. Key Junior Setter

Note: Teams selected by Rich Scherr after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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