Volleyball

All-howard County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tara Stradling

Glenelg

Stradling, who last week said that she's headed to play at American University next year, clearly was the team's on-court leader throughout the season, helping the Gladiators make their second straight appearance in the state Class 2A championship match.

Last year's All-Metro Player of the Year and Howard County Player of the Year, Stradling averaged 8.1 assists heading into the final four, where she totaled 76 in two matches - including a spectacular 44-assist performance in the win over J.M. Bennett. Stradling added 30 assists and eight kills in the five-game loss to Liberty in the final.

Stradling's great passing and her leadership made her the key to the Gladiators' success.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jen Beall

Glenelg

The Gladiators faced a lot of pressure this season because everyone was gunning for them after they went undefeated en route to last year's Class 2A state title. But Beall knew how to push the right buttons to keep the team focused; she seemed to understand exactly when to call timeout and what to say.

That's a big reason Glenelg went 20-0 last year, was ranked No.1 throughout the season and carried a 38-match winning streak into this year's Class 2A final against Liberty, which upset the Gladiators (18-1).

FIRST TEAM

Carly Barisich

River Hill

The senior outside hitter/setter is one of Howard County's most versatile players - and one of the hardest hitters. Barisich averaged about 3.2 sets per game and 4.5 kills. She moved to Maryland from Utah before the 2002 season and was a big spark for the Hawks the past two years.

Stacey Carroll

Mount Hebron

Carroll carried much of the load on a team with only two returning starters. Her 319 assists and 81 kills were crucial for the Vikings' return to the region finals, as they had only two seniors after losing eight seniors to graduation. The senior setter and team leader displayed her versatility throughout the season.

Michelle Morgan

Glenelg

The senior hitter became a valuable force up front as the Gladiators made it back to the state final. Morgan combined with Tara Stradling, junior hitter Rebecca Tursell and others to give Glenelg a dynamic force up front. Morgan helped Glenelg with a 23-kill performance in the team's win over J.M. Bennett in the state semifinal. That followed a strong effort several days earlier in Glenelg's Howard County title match victory over Centennial.

Margot Phelan

Centennial

Phelan's versatility helped the Eagles in many ways. The junior outside hitter had 107 kills, 179 digs and 48 aces, and combined with Erika Swan to give the Eagles a solid 1-2 punch up front. She helped Centennial find its way back to the state final four, where the Eagles lost to Calvert.

Erika Swan

Centennial

The Eagles' dominant player finished with 167 kills and 179 digs this season, as Centennial returned to the state final four. Swan is one of the county's top servers, with a blistering shot that's tough to stop. The senior outside hitter did a little bit of everything this year and is headed for Towson University.

Rebecca Tursell

Glenelg

Tursell combined with Morgan and Stradling to give the Gladiators a potent punch up front - one that most teams couldn't stop. She had 14 kills in the Class 2A state semifinal win over J.M. Bennett. The junior will be one of the county's top players next year.

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Tara Stradling, Glenelg

Coach of the Year: Jen Beall, Glenelg

First team

Name School Class Position

Michelle Morgan Glenelg Senior Hitter

Margot Phelan Centennial Junior Hitter

Erika Swan Centennial Senior Hitter

Rebecca Tursell Glenelg Junior Hitter

Carly Barisich River Hill Senior Setter

Stacey Carroll Mount Hebron Senior Setter

Tara Stradling Glenelg Senior Setter

Second team

Name School Class Position

Melanie Beers Howard Senior Hitter

Kelly Hollrah Glenelg Senior Hitter

Diana Miller Hammond Senior Hitter

Lauren Miller Reservoir Sophomore Hitter

Connie Pikounis Mount Hebron Junior Hitter

Jennifer Feldman Centennial Sophomore Setter

Chelsey Barrett Atholton Senior Defense

Note: Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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