Anne Arundel All-county

December 14, 2005

VOLLEYBALL

Player of the Year

Stephanie Carey

Broadneck

Watching the No. 4 Bruins (15-4) play, it was obvious that Carey was the team leader. During the 5-foot-6 Carey's four-year varsity career (three as a starting setter), she helped the Bruins win two county titles, four regional titles and state championships in 2002 and 2004. Carey averaged 9.9 assists per game and set a school record with 49 assists in a match, served .980 with 57 aces, had 68 digs and 54 blocks. She also provided senior leadership. In her past two varsity seasons, Carey, who has great instincts, hands and court-sense, had 1,155 assists (10 per game).

Coach of the Year

Scott Rombach

Archbishop Spalding

Rombach knew after an 11-7 season in 2004 that the Cavaliers' future was bright. For the first time in years, Rombach had several 6-footers around talented 6-foot-1 senior Abbie Merkl. The result was a school record for wins (16-3), a third-place finish in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference and a No. 14 ranking. The Cavaliers showed right away that Rombach had built a competitive team by stunning county public school runner-up and eighth-ranked South River, 3-0, in the season opener. Spalding also knocked off two other county public school teams in Old Mill and Northeast. The Cavaliers' only losses came to conference champion St. Paul's (in the regular season and playoffs) and Mount de Sales, the conference runner-up.

First team

Name School Class Position

Ashlee Allen Severna Park Senior Hitter

Adrienne Blake Glen Burnie Junior Hitter

Ali Malesick Broadneck Soph. Hitter

Abbie Merkl Spalding Senior Hitter

Kanishia Sheppard Broadneck Senior Hitter

Paige Watson South River Senior Hitter

Stephanie Carey Broadneck Senior Setter

Second team

Name School Class Position

Elizabeth Arnold St. Mary's Junior Hitter

Liz O'Dell South River Senior Hitter

Stephanie Thompson Chesapeake Senior Hitter

Cynthia Windesheim North County Junior Hitter

Bridgett Jordan Broadneck Soph. Libero

Amanda Santoni Chesapeake Senior Libero

Brittany Born Spalding Junior Setter

Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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