North Harford

Head coach: Sheri Billings (third year)

2011 record: 8-6

Top returning players: Morgan Knox, Sr., (Middle hitter); Britney Fleming, Sr., (Outside hitter)

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Key newcomers: Alexis Lyttle, So., (Middle hitter); Allyson Meil, Jr., (Defensive specialist)

Outlook: "We graduated five seniors last year but this year's team is filling into those positions quickly and working hard to learn the systems. We should be one of the top teams in the division this year," coach Billings said.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Dona Bohlen (first year)

2011 record: NA

Top returning players: None.

Key newcomers: Taylor Moran, Sr., (Middle blocker); Dana Gileza, Sr., (Outside hitter); Kayla McDowell, Jr., (Setter)

Outlook: The team is looking forward to a fun and competitive season, says Bolen.