Volleyball Coach of the Year: Maureen Carter of South River

December 14, 2013|By Mike Frainie, For The Baltimore Sun

Maureen Carter

South River

The 2013 volleyball season was one that Maureen Carter waited a long time for. The 19-year veteran of local volleyball led her charges to a 15-2 record, and the championship in Anne Arundel County, the area's toughest volleyball league this season. Both of South River's losses came at the hands of Severna Park, a state finalist this year.

The league was so competitive this year that Broadneck won the regular season title, the South River won the county title and Severna Park won the regional title.

Carter points to an early season match with Arundel, a state finalist the previous two seasons, as the turning point for the No. 3 Seahawks.

"We beat Arundel in three, and that gave us a ton of confidence. It's like they figured out, 'Hey, we can do this,'" Carter said. "We worked hard and had a lot of fun along the way. That's what high school volleyball should be."

The well-respected Carter began coaching 1991, and has been at South River — except for the year her daughter, Madison, was born — since 1994. She also co-founded the Bay Area Volleyball Academy (BAVA), one of the area's top volleyball clubs.

"I had some great seniors who were really determined," Carter said. "I think we exceeded a lot of people's expectations. This team had more chemistry than any team that I've ever had. It was truly a pleasure to coach these girls."

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