Mockapetris rises to state challenge

Athletes of the Week

Sport Volleyball

Girls

November 23, 2005

Don't judge Tehya Mockapetris' volleyball prowess by her 5-foot-3 stature. The Centennial junior outside hitter had 16 kills last week without a hitting error to help the No. 1 Eagles win a record 12th state championship with victories over North Carroll and Huntingtown.

Mockapetris, who has a 28 1/2 -inch vertical leap, hit 31 balls and turned 52 percent of them into kills. She also had three aces and four digs. In the title match against Huntingtown, she had nine kills, with a kill percentage of .600.

A Columbia Volleyball Club player since she was in the sixth grade, Mockapetris averaged 1.86 kills per game this season as the Eagles finished 19-1. She had a hitting efficiency (akin to a batting average) of .234, with 39 percent of her hits becoming kills. Also a top defensive player, she dug up 92 percent of the balls she went after. And Mockapetris carries a 3.5 grade point average.

Others considered: Allison Behringer, Severna Park, field hockey; Julie Hollrah, Glenelg, volleyball; Katie Kolb, C. Milton Wright, soccer.

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