September 02, 2004

1. Liberty

Last season: 19-0, ranked No. 1

The defending 2A state champs have all of their key players back and senior setter Lauren Locklear ready to run the show.

2. Arundel

Last season: 12-4, No. 10

The Wildcats could have an awesome front row with Tiffany Johnson, Alex McGuire and Meade transfer Jazman Ramsey.

3. Centennial

Last season: 17-3, No. 5

The Eagles, who dominated the metro area in the '90s, are loaded with experience, quickness and savvy.

4. Broadneck

Last season: 18-2, No. 3

Young and with an uncertain starting unit, the Bruins must overcome the challenge of Arundel in a bid for a fifth straight state final.

5. Glenelg

Last season: 18-1, No. 2

Former JV coach Don Beall replaces Jennifer Beall, who led the Gladiators to the 2A state final three straight years.

6. Towson

Last season: 19-1, No. 3

The defending Baltimore County 2A champs are building around Kellie Krouse, the lone returning starter.

7. Severna Park

Last season: 13-4, No. 7

The Falcons expect to challenge Arundel and Broadneck in Anne Arundel County with their precise passing game and returning nucleus.


Last season: 15-0, No. 8

All the ingredients are there for another unbeaten season for the Bravehearts, who play an independent schedule.

9. Mount Hebron

Last season: 11-5, No. 11

Three-year starting hitter Connie Pikounis leads a Vikings' team that has its share of question marks.

10. Reservoir

Last season: 11-7, unranked

The Gators have everybody back, including junior hitter Lauren Miller.

11. River Hill

Last season: 9-6, unranked

In the same county and region with Centennial and Mount Hebron, the Hawks shouldn't be overlooked.

12. Dulaney

Last season: 9-5, unranked

After falling out of the Top 15 for the first time in several years, the Lions are counting on senior hitter Kasey Crawford.

13. Annapolis Area CS

Last season: 18-3, unranked

After a banner season that included the Association of Christian Schools tournament title, the Eagles are among the area's best.

14. John Carroll

Last season: 19-1, No. 9

The Patriots expect to defend their IAAM A Conference title despite losing All-Metro Player of the Year Kayani Turner.

15. Catonsville

Last season: 15-4, No. 12

It's a matter of the hitters progressing because returning junior setter Mallorie Clary will make things happen.

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