2013 volleyball players to watch

September 03, 2013|By Mike Frainie | For The Baltimore Sun

Sydney Biniak

Howard, hitter, senior

As the engine behind the No. 3 Lions’ offense, the 2012 All-Howard County first-team pick will be counted on to deliver the kills that the team needs to compete in a very tough league. Biniak finished with 166 kills last season, and she also had 27 blocks and 168 digs.

Madison Carter

South River, hitter, junior

A great athlete who has already verbally committed to Penn State for lacrosse, Carter provides the power for the No. 11 Seahawks’ offense. Dominant at the net, she finished with 137 kills last year.

Allie Orr

Arundel, hitter, senior

Known for her upbeat personality, Orr leads by example and will be counted on — along with her twin sister, Brittany — to tutor younger players this season. Her blocks and kills will be key for the No. 1 Wildcats to remain the Baltimore area’s top team.

Brittany Orr

Arundel, setter, senior

Wildcats coach Ashley Yuscavage said Orr’s a great leader because she has an edge to her game. Her sets — 477 assists in 2012 — have been a major reason for Arundel’s success in the past two seasons.

Rachel Pierson

South River, setter, senior

An opposing coach said this summer that Pierson is the best high school setter in the state. The Seahawks will rely on the veteran to captain their high-powered offense this season as they look to take the next step in Anne Arundel County.

Jillian Randolph

St. Paul’s, hitter, junior

A Division I prospect, the 2012 All-Metro second-team selection is the undisputed leader of the No. 2 Gators this season. A complete player, most of the offense will flow through Randolph as St. Paul’s seeks its first IAAM title since 2007.

Amanda Rodriguez

Bel Air, setter, senior

An All-Metro first-team pick last season, Rodriguez will aim to captain a young team to a second consecutive appearance in the state playoffs. Walter Bondarenko, the No. 8 Bobcats’ new coach, already appreciates her work ethic.

Moriah Savage

Mercy, hitter, junior

With the interest of some Division I programs, Savage is arguably the best player in the IAAM B Conference this season. The left-hander’s leadership is crucial as Mercy looks to repeat as conference champion.

Tori Smith

C. Milton Wright, hitter, senior

Generally acknowledged as the best offensive player in Harford County, Smith’s leadership and net play will be key to the Mustangs’ performance this year.

Nicole Venturelli

Liberty, hitter, junior

Long known as one of the better club players in the Baltimore area, Venturelli may be the best performer in Carroll County this season. How well she adjusts to new coach Michael Rainbow will tell how well the No. 15 Lions finish.

Other notables

Milan Amos, Dulaney

Mallory Baldwin, Mount Hebron

Alyssa Berke, Archbishop Spalding

Natalie Bockmiller, Catonsville

Kendall Burdette, St. Paul’s

Anna Carmen, Notre Dame Prep

LeAnne Collins, Hereford

Cassidy Crossland, St. Paul’s

Julia del Carmen, Chapelgate Christian

Jeni Ford, Seton Keough

Braedyn Gallagher, Francis Scott Key

Katherine Gilbert, Notre Dame Prep

Kara Glynn, Severna Park

Megan Herholtz, Liberty

Sophie Hoekstra, Severna Park

Anna Holehouse, Fallston

Dallas Jasper, Broadneck

Meghan Kelley, Centennial

Kayla Larie, Mercy

Jessie Link, Centennial

Cori McCray, Archbishop Spalding

Shalea Nichols, Poly

Alexandra Petenbrink, Francis Scott Key

Hannah Pinion, Reservoir

Haleigh Plummer, C.Milton Wright

Keana Richards, River Hill

Kristen Ritchie, Centennial

Celeste Roland, Bel Air

Megan Ross, Mount Hebron

Cara Stine, Severna Park

Darla Svoboda, Dulaney

Annie Tavera, Mount de Sales

Hailey Thrift, Century

Hanna Webster, Howard

Maja Wichhart, Catonsville

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