Stansbury is catalyst for streaking Liberty

Sport Volleyball

October 12, 2005

Junior Melissa Stansbury and Liberty have won 48 consecu tive matches.

Stansbury is catalyst for streaking Liberty

Sport Volleyball

Melissa Stansbury played the key role last week in keeping the area's longest-ever volleyball winning streak rolling. A 5-foot-10 outside hitter for No. 2 Liberty, the junior had 23 kills, 21 service points, six aces, 14 digs and excellent passing in leading the Lions to wins over Winters Mill and Frederick to run their streak to 48 straight matches.

In Friday night's 26-24, 25-15, 24-26, 25-19 win over Carroll County rival Winters Mill, Stansbury had 10 kills as a balanced attack improved the two-time state champion Lions to 10-0. They remain in first place in the county and in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference.

She also passed well in both matches. "She's one of the best passers I've ever coached," Lions coach Dave Trumbo said. "We score a lot of points when she's in the back row, because she's passing and we can run a lot of stuff."

Stansbury has a 4.6 weighted grade point average and is also on the Lions' track teams.

Others considered: Lily Boleyn, Centennial, soccer; Brittney Davidson, Digital Harbor, volleyball; Abbie Merkl, Archbishop Spalding, volleyball.

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