Dulaney volleyball hitter back on team

November 15, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,SUN REPORTER

Dulaney outside hitter Danielle Parker has been reinstated to the volleyball team, according to her mother, Dr. Sharon Thomas-Parker.

No. 6 Dulaney will play third-ranked Broadneck tonight at 8 in a Class 4A state semifinal at Ritchie Coliseum in College Park.

Dulaney girls volleyball coach Cary Lyon would not confirm or deny that Parker had been reinstated and referred all calls to Dulaney principal Pat McCusker. After repeated calls to his office, McCusker's secretary said "he would be unavailable to speak."

Thomas-Parker said that when she and her husband, Derek, met with McCusker and Lyon late Tuesday afternoon, they were told that Danielle would be reinstated but that it was up to Lyon in what capacity she would play.

McCusker confirmed last week that Parker, who averaged three kills a game for the Lions, had been removed from the team. Parker went to France with her family last week, and Thomas-Parker said that because the trip was taken during the season, her daughter was removed from the team. McCusker would not comment on the reason for Parker's removal.

Thomas-Parker said she was told that the trip violated a section in the Dulaney High School Athletics Handbook for Parents of Athletes, written by Dulaney athletic director Mike Lafferty.

Thomas-Parker said she was told that her daughter had violated the "responsibility of an athlete" section by missing parts of the season, which includes any playoff and state championship games the team qualifies for.

Parker said she attended practice yesterday, and Lyon acknowledged that she was back on the team.

"When the whole team was brought in before practice, [Lyon] basically said, `First things first. Danni's back,'" Parker said.

During practice, Parker said, she was moved from outside hitter to opposite hitter, a position she has not played much during her high school career. It was not known how Lyon would use Parker in tonight's semifinal.

"I don't know when [Coach Lyon] will make the decision," Thomas-Parker said. "She'll be there. In what role or capacity to be part of the team, I don't know."

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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