Volleyball

All-baltimore City / County

High Schools

November 25, 2003

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Roberta Holehouse

CHEN

With the best all-around game in the area, the 5-foot-7 junior hitter dominated the net for the No. 8 Bravehearts. Averaging 6.0 kills per game with a . 416 hitting efficiency rate, Holehouse also showed off a jump serve that aced the opposition 31 percent of the time for a total of 74 aces.

In the home schoolers' final regular-season match, a five-game win over the Maryland School for the Deaf, Holehouse had 39 kills.

A second team All-Metro pick last season, the club veteran used her 25-inch vertical jump to play much taller than her height. She hit with power and intelligence, adjusting to whatever defense the competition threw her way.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kelli Wilkinson

St. Paul's

In two years with the Gators, Wilkinson has turned a struggling program into a champion.

When Wilkinson, who had coached the women at College of Notre Dame and the men at Villa Julie, arrived in the fall of 2002, the Gators were coming off a 4-10 season. The new coach promptly turned a team with no club players into the Interscholastic Association of Maryland C Conference champs.

This fall, the Gators moved up and won the B Conference title, losing only one match.

FIRST TEAM

Mallorie Clary

Catonsville

The sophomore setter dished out 586 assists, an average of 9.3 per game for the No. 12 Comets (15-4), who won their first 10 matches. Although Clary also contributed 74 kills, her best offensive weapon was her serve. She missed only four serves all season and had 152 aces.

Kellie Krouse

Towson

The leading attack threat for the No. 3 Generals (19-1) in their run to the Baltimore County title and the state Class 3A final, Krouse averaged 3.8 kills per game with a hitting efficiency of .459. Powerful and explosive on the outside, the 5-foot-7 junior had 22 kills in the state semifinal.

Laura Maas

Towson

The 5-foot-7 senior outside hitter proved a bookend match for teammate Kellie Krouse. Her game was consistent throughout and she averaged 2.5 kills per game while hitting at .451. A strong defensive player in the back row, Maas also served at 92 percent and had 68 aces.

Queen Nzenwa

Kenwood

A 6-foot power hitter, the senior emerged as a force in Baltimore County this season, averaging 4.1 kills per game. She also had a .410 hitting efficiency rate. In addition, Nzenwa, who has signed to play volleyball at Kentucky, showed off a strong all around game. She also had 60 aces and 48 point blocks.

Nicole Puller

Owings Mills

The emergence of this 5-foot-5 outside hitter gave the No. 6 Eagles (17-3) the extra power they needed to reach the Baltimore County final and the state Class 2A semifinal. Providing the perfect bookend with Lindsey Wenderoth, Puller averaged 3.3 kills per game and served at 97 percent with 41 aces.

Teri Stolarz

Towson

The 5-foot-10 senior emerged as a presence in the middle, contributing 2.1 kills per game and finishing with 130 blocks. She also had a high hitting percentage, .430. A powerful, quick middle hitter, Stolarz stepped into a leadership role and provided the emotional lift for the Generals.

Brittany Umetin

CHEN

The quarterback of the Bravehearts' offense, the 5-foot-5 junior setter dished out an average of 9.3 assists, many to teammate Roberta Holehouse. Good hands, accuracy, quickness and her rapport with Holehouse allowed Umetin to run a complex offense. She also had 35 kills and 45 aces, most on her jump serve.

Stacey Wasserman

Owings Mills

The Eagles 5-foot-8 senior setter had a bit of an unorthodox style, but she could set just about every pass. A repeat first-team pick who holds the school record for career assists, Wasserman handed out 9.5 assists per game this season. She also contributed 91 aces and served at 94.2 percent.

Lindsey Wenderoth

Owings Mills

Twice a first-team selection, Wenderoth led the Eagles with 4.3 kills per game. A powerful outside hitter, the 5-foot-4 senior pounded out 16 kills in the state semifinal loss to eventual Class 2A champ Liberty. A strong passer and defender, she also had 44 aces and served at 92.2 percent.

THE TEAMS

Player of the Year: Roberta Holehouse, CHEN

Coach of the Year: Kelli Wilkinson, St. Paul's

First team

Name School Class Position

Roberta Holehouse CHEN Junior Hitter

Kellie Krouse Towson Junior Hitter

Laura Maas Towson Senior Hitter

Queen Nzenwa Kenwood Senior Hitter

Nicole Puller Owings Mills Senior Hitter

Teri Stolarz Towson Senior Hitter

Lindsey Wenderoth Owings Mills Senior Hitter

Mallorie Clary Catonsville Sophomore Setter

Brittany Umetin CHEN Junior Setter

Stacey Wasserman Owings Mills Senior Setter

Second team

Name School Class Position

Kasey Crawford Dulaney Junior Hitter

Jerrie Hicks Western Senior Hitter

Ashley Mertens Loch Raven Senior Hitter

Phedra Penn Bryn Mawr Senior Hitter

Christine Savelle Towson Senior Hitter

Bethany Sloat Western Senior Hitter

Erica Turnbull Poly Senior Hitter

Brooks Webster Inst. of Notre Dame Junior Hitter

Liz Driggers Mount de Sales Senior Setter

Emmy Williams Towson Senior Setter

Note: Teams selected by Katherine Dunn after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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