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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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