Player of the Year: Bailey Webster, St. Paul's
The junior led St. Paul's to a 22-1 record and theInterscholastic Athletic Association A Conference andprivate schools championships.Webster, 6 feet 3, isbeing heavily recruited by major Division I volleyballprograms, and is being considered for the GatoradeNational Player of the Year award.
Webster finished the year with 472 kills, an averageof 6.38 kills per game. She had the ability to take over agame with her tremendous vertical leap and alsocontributed 50 blocks and 32 aces.
When the Gators needed a spark, they often got itfrom Webster. In the IAAM title game, she contributed25 kills and three blocks in a three-game sweep ofArchbishop Spalding, the only team to beat the Gatorsduring the regular season. She added 34 kills, threeblocks and 11 digs in a 3-1 win over Good Counsel forthe private schools crown.
"I've been coaching for a long time, and Bailey is aonce-in-a-lifetime player for me," St. Paul's coach KelliWilkinson said. "She's a great student, and the thingsshe's accomplished this year in volleyball are trulyamazing."
Kelly Galligan, Archbishop Spalding
Galligan led a team thatfinished second in theInterscholastic AthleticAssociation of Maryland AConference and handedchampion St. Paul's its onlyloss of the year. Her floorleadership was key for a teamthat lost only four matches(18-4) while competing in thetough A Conference.
Galligan, a senior,contributed 168 kills,18 blocks, 48 aces and a.940 serve percentage forthe Cavaliers. She has playedon the Spalding varsity for thepast two years and served asthe team's co-captain thisyear.
Her coach, ScottRombach, credits herversatility as a major factor inhis team's success. She isundecided on a college, but islooking to play volleyball.
Jamie Huffman, Reservoir
The senior led the Gatorsto their first state title in anyteam sport, as Reservoirdefeated Huntingtown, 3-0,to win the Class 3A statecrown. One of the best all-aroundplayers in the area,Huffman played in all ofReservoir's 84 games thisyear and contributed302 kills and 168 digs.Her267 passes set up much ofthe offense for the Gators,who finished 21-0 and rankedNo. 1 in The Sun's poll. Shecontributed 12 kills and12 digs in the 2A statechampionship match.
Huffman, who also playsbasketball and softball forReservoir, wants to play allthree sports in college nextseason.A four-year starterfor Reservoir, she was theGators' co-captain thisseason and has a 3.7grade point average.
Bridgette Jordan, Broadneck
Jordan's play andleadership was a majorreason the Bruins capturedthe Class 4A state title. Thesenior contributed 18 digs inthe state championship matchagainst MontgomeryCounty's Wootton, and her222 digs on the season ledBroadneck to a 21-1 record.Bruins coach RomonzoBeans credits Jordan'sleadership with helping theyoung Bruins win their lastthree matches in the playoffs,all by 3-2 scores. She alsorecorded 24 serving aces thisseason.
She hopes to playvolleyball in college, but isundecided on a school.
Alex Kuper, Reservoir
The defensive specialistfor the Class 3A statechampion, Kupermadecontributions that were oftenoverlooked. Her 321 digs ledthe Gators and set up muchof the Reservoir offense. Shehad the ability to cover a lot ofthe court and play defense.The senior contributed586 passes, which also ledthe team. Her 12 digs in thestate championship matchhelped give Reservoir its first-everstate title.
A co-captain, Kuper alsoplays lacrosse and is lookingto attend a four-year collegeand play volleyball.
Maddi Lee, River Hill
One of the best all-aroundplayers in the area, Lee ledthe Hawks to the Class 2Astate semifinals with hertowering presence at the net.She recorded a HowardCounty-best 413 kills and179 digs in 69 games. Shewas also a factor from theback line, where she served at87 percent with 49 aces.Known for her powerfuldiagonal kills, Lee routinelytook over games.
A three-year starter forthe Hawks, Lee will attend the
University of Maryland on avolleyball scholarship nextyear.
Brittany Lilley, Severna Park
Lilley was a key reasonSeverna Park upset heavilyfavored Broadneck to win theAnne Arundel Countychampionship.Her 24 digs inthat match were a careerhigh.Her coach, JamieLeventry, said that her workethic and ability to playanywhere on the floor is whatsets her apart. The seniorthree-year starter finishedwith 118 kills and 111 digs, bothof which led her team. Shealso served at 88 percentduring the year for theFalcons (15-2).
Volleyball is a secondarysport for Lilley,who will attendSt. Francis (Pa.) on a fullbasketball scholarship nextyear.
Amanda Parry, Catonsville
A four-year starter, Parryled Catonsville with454 assists and 65 digs. Thesenior was a right-side hitterher first two years beforeswitching to setter as a junior.Her leadership was a primereason the Comets went 14-3and hosted the Class 3ANorth regional championship,where they took Towson tofive games before falling. Shealso contributed 112 serviceaces and 95 kills this season.
Parry, who wants to playvolleyball at a four-yearcollege, has been offeredseveral academicscholarships, including onefrom the University of Nebraska.
Name, School, Year, Position
Katy Buck Mount de Sales Sophomore Hitter
Alexa Carney Towson Senior Hitter
Liana Farb Centennial Senior Hitter
Rachel Kuegler Fallston Senior Hitter
Danielle Park Dulaney Senior Hitter
Kourtney Salvarola Broadneck Sophomore Hitter
Tiffany Jacobson Reservoir Junior Setter
Maria DiPietro Dulaney Senior Libero
Honorable mention: Elizabeth Bell, Severna Park; Erin Cox, Poly; Kelly Moffett,Loch Raven; Becky Paynter, River Hill; Julie Poston, Reservoir; Lauren Tracey,Francis Scott Key; Jillian Unitas, St. Paul's; Lindsay Will, South Carroll.
Note: Teams selected by Mike Frainie after consultation with The Sun staff andarea coaches.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun