Fall All-metro Varsity

Volleyball

December 13, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brittany Born

Archbishop Spalding, setter

Born closed out an outstanding four-year career by leading the Cavaliers to their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, a school record for wins (18-3) and their highest-ever ranking at No. 4 in the The Sun's final poll.

The 5-foot-4 senior setter, who is the first volleyball player from Spalding to be named Metro Player of the Year, played hard every time she took the court. A vivid example of her commitment to the game came in the A Conference final, where the Cavaliers upset St. Paul's, 3-2

Leaping, hitting, passing, blocking and diving for balls all over the floor at Goucher College, Born finished with a match-high 41 assists, three kills and 14 digs.

In addition, her constant chattering and cheerleading drove her teammates to reach a goal they had set back in August and that Born had promised all season long, even after Spalding lost to St. Paul's in the regular season.

With 464 assists in 68 games for an average of 6.8 per game, Born finished with an Anne Arundel County career record of 1,226 assists, eclipsing the mark of 1,155 by last year's All-Metro setter, Stephanie Carey of Broadneck.

Born, who is ranked 37th in a senior class of 264 with a 4.1 grade point average and 1,960 SAT score, also had 154 digs (292 career), 54 kills (237), 52 aces (142) and a .930 serving percentage. She is considering Loyola, Washington and Lee, and Gettysburg.

FIRST TEAM

Louise Brooks

Bryn Mawr, hitter

After leading Bryn Mawr to its first volleyball championship, a 17-3 record and No. 11 ranking, Brooks becomes the school's first player to be named to the All-Metro first team for volleyball. The fluid, 6-foot senior outside hitter, who is headed to Washington and Lee, averaged 4.5 kills per game (328 in 73 games) and posted a serving percentage of .917 on 209 of 228 attempts.

Her hitting and overall play around the net established the Mawrtians of coach Tim Dunbar as the team to beat in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference. After finishing as B Conference runners-up in 2005, the Brooks-led Mawrtians rolled to the title in November, going 6-1 in the semifinals and final. Brooks had 17 kills in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Mercy, and 21 in the team's 3-1 triumph over Maryvale Prep in the final.

Michelle Grosso

Centennial, hitter

Grosso's 2006 season was like a replay of last year's. Once again, the 5-foot-11 middle hitter played a prominent role in another Class 3A state championship for the No. 1 Eagles. It was Centennial's third straight state championship and a state-record 13th, and Grosso, also a first-team pick last season, lived up to her reputation as a big-game player.

Grosso, who averaged 2.4 kills per game (174 in 73 games), used her quick, explosive style at the net to record 20 kills in a 3-2 semifinal victory over No. 10 Catonsville, and came back with 15 kills and five aces in a 3-1 victory in the final over Calvert County's Huntingtown (18-1). In last year's state tournament, Grosso had 25 kills in the two games, led the Eagles in blocks (36) and had 44 digs, 32 aces and 15 assists.

Kelsey Lisle

Seton Keough, hitter

The 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter who combines power, quickness, uncanny court vision and savy, repeated as the Baltimore City Player of the Year. Lisle, also a first-team pick last season, easily handled more balls than any player in the metro area and more than doubled her kills, going from 321 in 62 games (5.2) to 659 in 84 games. Her 7.9 kills per game on a hitting percentage of .569 led the metro area.

Adding Lisle's 4.1 kills per game as a sophomore, she recorded over 1,200 kills for her three-year career. In leading the Gators to a 15-8 record, Lisle also had 385 digs in 84 games for an average of 4.6 per game. Lisle, who will play for Bucknell next year, also had 167 aces.

Tehya Mockapetris

Centennial, hitter

Mockapetris, 5 feet 3, played much bigger than her size and was as hard an outside hitter as there was in the metro area. She led the Class 3A state champion Eagles in kills with 227 in 74 games, an average of 3.1 per game, and aces with 67 off her powerful jump-serve.

Possessing a 30-inch vertical leap, strength and quickness on her no-look line shot, Mockapetris frequently dominated matches. She often went on torrid streaks that seemed to deflate the opposition. Power-hitting, however, was not all the senior did. Constantly hustling, she also played tenacious defense in the back row and had 160 digs. In a 3-1 loss to eventual Howard County champion Reservoir in the county semifinals, Mockapetris had 19 digs.

Marah Schmitz

Dulaney, hitter

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