First Team

Volleyball

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Lynn Cipollone

Severna Park

A two-time All-Anne Arundel County hitter, Cipollone, a 5-foot-9 senior, was the No. 7 Falcons' go-to player. Known as "Chip" by her team- mates, she led her team to the county championship match and the Class 3A South region semifinals. Intense, athletic and strong, Cipollone was the Falcons' leader in kills (150) for a second straight season. She also had 89 digs, was 156-for-174 (.897 percentage) at the service line, and had 57 aces off her power serve.

Christina Greene

Broadneck

The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, Green, a 5-8 senior, led the No. 4 Bruins to the county title and a fourth straight state final. The exuberant left-hander delivered power hits and torpedo-like service aces, averaging 2.5 kills, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 aces per game.

A three-year starter, she was outstanding defensively, throwing her body all over the court. She led the county in digs with 141.

Roberta Holehouse

CHEN

Dominant at the net, Holehouse led the No. 8 Bravehearts to a 15-0 record in their independent schedule. The 5-7 junior hitter used her 25-inch vertical jump and great ability to adjust to opposing defenses, averaging 6.0 kills per game. Holehouse had a .416 efficiency hitting rate, and she had 39 kills in a five-game victory over the Maryland School for the Deaf. Her powerful jump-serve produced 74 aces.

Stacey Krebs

Liberty

A solid hitter, Krebs was spectacular in the Lions' upset of previously unbeaten and top-ranked Glenelg in the Class 2A state final. The 6-foot junior led the Lions to their first state title in volley- ball by outlasting Glenelg in five games and ending the Gladiators' 38-match winning streak.

Krebs, who was Carroll County's co-Player of the Year with teammate Meghan McConville, had 13 kills and four blocks to dethrone the Gladiators and vault the Lions to No. 1. Krebs averaged 3.1 kills, one block and served .926 percent.

Kellie Krouse

Towson

Krouse was clearly the catalyst for the Generals (19-1) in their run to a third consecutive state final and third straight Baltimore County title.

The No. 3 Generals lost the Class 3A state title to Calvert (19-0) in three games despite 10 kills by Krouse. The 5-7 junior hitter, who possessed power and the ability to find open holes, had 12 kills in a 3-1 victory over Seneca Valley in the state semifinals. Her 22 kills in the state tournament were in line with her season average of 3.8 kills per game, and she had a .459 hitting efficiency.

Meghan McConville

Liberty

Sharing Carroll County Player of the Year honors with her teammate, Stacey Krebs, McConville mirrored her fellow junior. The 5-11 outside hitter had 3.2 kills per game in the Lions' run to a fifth straight county championship and third straight region title. Along the way to the state tournament, McConville had big games against strong rivals Francis Scott Key and Thomas Johnson, with 21 and 17 kills, respectively. The two-time All-County hitter had seven kills in the 3-2 win over Glenelg in the state final.

Tara Stradling

Glenelg

Stradling, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year and a two-time Howard County Player of the Year, was the metro area's premier setter the past two seasons. The Gladiators failed to repeat as 2A state champions, but not for lack of outstanding play and on-court leadership by Stradling.

The 5-10 senior, who is headed to American University, had 46 assists in a four-game state semifinal victory over J.M. Bennett. She had 30 more to go with eight kills in Glenelg's five-game loss to Liberty in the state final.

Erika Swan

Centennial

A three-year starter with excellent skills offensively and defensively, Swan helped the Eagles back to the state final four in Class 3A, where they lost to eventual champion Calvert. The 5-10 outside hitter led the No. 5 Eagles (17-3) with 167 kills and 179 digs. Swan, who is headed to Towson University, raised her game from her junior year by being more aggressive at the net and in the back row.

Stacey Wasserman

Owings Mills

Wasserman, Baltimore County's top setter, averaged 9.5 assists and finished her three varsity seasons with a school-record 1,876 career assists.

The leadership and efficient passing of the 5-8 senior led the No. 6 Eagles (17-3) to the Class 2A state semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Liberty.

A two-time All-Baltimore City/County selection, Wasserman served .942 percent, had 91 aces and averaged 1.5 blocks per game on the season.

FINAL POLL

1. Liberty 19-0

2. Glenelg 18-1

3. Towson 19-1

4. Broadneck 18-2

5. Centennial 17-3

6. Owings Mills 17-3

7. Severna Park 13-4

8. CHEN 15-0

9. John Carroll 19-1

10. Arundel 12-4

11. Mount Hebron 11-5

12. Catonsville 15-4

13. Chapelgate 14-5

14. C. Milton Wright 14-2

15. Poly 13-2

Other teams considered: Annapolis Area Christian (18-3), Institute-Notre Dame (11-5), River Hill (9-6), Parkville (11-3), Loch Raven (12-6).

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