Carroll All-county

December 14, 2005


Player of the Year

Melissa Axtell

South Carroll

Despite battling a knee injury the entire season, Axtell was the most dominant hitter in Carroll County. The 6-foot-1 senior led the county by averaging four kills and 1.2 blocks, helping the Cavaliers to an 11-6 mark and a berth in the Class 2A West regional finals. Taking advantage of Axtell's soft hands and superior court awareness, coach Debbie Eaton even had her act as a setter when she was in the back row. This fall, she played through the pain to dominate at the net, both offensively and defensively. She will continue her volleyball career at Loyola College, and is expected to rejoin South Carroll's basketball team later this season following recent knee surgery.

Coach of the Year

Bridget Griffin

North Carroll

The second-year coach directed her team to an impressive turnaround, as the Panthers went from a 5-9 record last year to a 13-4 mark and a trip to the Class 3A state semifinals this fall. Along the way, North Carroll posted two victories over a strong Westminster team, defeated regional finalist South Carroll in four games and toppled Winters Mill in both an early-season tournament and later in the regular season. Facing Seneca Valley in the regional final, the Panthers rallied from a 2-1 deficit in games to pull out a five-game victory, giving them their first regional championship since 1990. With nine returning players, Griffin, a former outside hitter for Westminster in the early '90s, knew that her team had the potential. Griffin, 29, emphasized the importance of teamwork to get the most out of each player.

First team

Name School Class Pos.

Melissa Axtell South Carroll Senior Hitter

Mandy Hill F.S. Key Senior Hitter

Heather Langsdale North Carroll Senior Hitter

Melissa Stansbury Liberty Junior Hitter

Kristi Zepp Westminster Senior Hitter

Caitlin Metzger Winters Mill Senior Libero

Lauren Tabor Liberty Senior Setter

Second team

Name School Class Pos.

Caitlin Byrne Winters Mill Senior Hitter

Stephanie Outten Westminster Senior Hitter

Dana Reeser Century Senior Hitter

Sam Scurci South Carroll Junior Hitter

Kristen Steinnagel Liberty Senior Hitter

Sam Walters Liberty Junior Hitter

Leah Garland F.S. Key Senior Setter

Note: Teams selected by Rich Scherr after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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