High School Sports Volleyball

September 02, 2005

1. Broadneck

Last season: 17-2, ranked No. 3

The defending Class 4A state champion Bruins return All-Anne Arundel County performers in setter Stephanie Carey and hitter Kanishia Sheppard, as well as a host of other players in a bid for a fourth state title in six years.

2. Centennial

Last season: 20-0, No. 2

The defending Class 3A state champions return several outstanding juniors and should have enough to make another run at the title.

3. Glenelg

Last season: 13-3, No. 7

The experienced Gladiators are expected to challenge Centennial in Howard County and be a threat in the Class 2A playoffs.

4. Liberty

Last season: 19-0, No. 1

The graduation of All-Metro Player of the Year Stacey Krebs and others won't slow down the Lions.

5. Severna Park

Last season: 13-4, No. 8

Senior hitters Ashlee Allen and Devin Howle and junior setter Jackie Sabinas are ready to lead the Falcons to a big season.

6. Towson

Last season: 16-2, No. 5

The Generals boast a strong returning nucleus and a lot of height, including 5-10 hitters Liz Bond and Lauren Bader and 5-9 Helen Wolf.

7. South River

Last season: 11-4, No. 15

The Seahawks return two outstanding hitters in Liz O'Dell and Paige Watson to overcome the loss for the season of All-Anne Arundel County hitter Sarah Roberts (torn anterior cruciate ligament).

8. Mount Hebron

Last season: 12-5, No. 9

Hitting should be a strength for the Vikings as they look for improved passing to contend in Howard County.

9. Bel Air

Last season: 11-3, unranked

Harford County Player of the Year Gabby Long and Meghan McDonald are ready to step up as seniors.

10. CHEN

Last season: 19-0, No. 4

New coach Carol Green hopes to carry on the home-schoolers' winning tradition with a corps of strong hitters in Katie and Amanda Rhein and Anna Simonton.

11. Dulaney

Last season: 15-3, No. 14

The Lions expect to come into their own, especially in the front row, and challenge Towson in Baltimore County.

12. Atholton

Last season: 11-6, No. 12

To be successful, the Raiders have to consistently get the ball to All-Howard County senior hitter Stephanie Sharp.

13. C. Milton Wright

Last season: 10-5, unranked

A wealth of experience, especially in the hitting department with Bridget Carey and Samantha Dorsey, make the Mustangs a team to watch.

14. Mount de Sales

Last season: 15-6, unranked

The Sailors are the team to beat in the IAAM A Conference with their host of returnees and strong outside hitting.

15. South Carroll

Last season: 12-5, unranked

Melissa Axtell is expected to give the Cavaliers a chance to challenge Liberty in Carroll County.

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