Key number: 0. Trips to the state tournament in program history.

Marriotts Ridge

2012 record: 6-7, 9-8

Coach: Amanda Olsen, sixth season

Returning starters: 4

Key losses: L Julie Dixon* and MH Dana Koehler

Top returners: Seniors Christina Kormis (L/DS), Carolyn Keeney (MH) and Katie Smith (OH).

Top newcomers: Junior Anna Geier (MH); sophomore Rachel Dubbs (S/RS); freshman Gabby Peitsch (MH/OH).

Scouting report: With only three errors and 29 aces in 218 attempts, Dixon was arguably the league's best server last season, and also collected 266 digs. Koehler was second in the league with 42 blocks and led the team with 94 kills. But the Mustangs' cabinets have not been left bare. Keeney is a force at the net, with 28 blocks and 70 kills last season, and Smith was good for another 64 kills.

Key number: 72. Height, in inches, of Mustangs' freshman Gabby Peitsch.

Mt. Hebron

2012 record: 10-3, 10-5

Coach: Michael Moynihan, 12th season

Returning starters: 4

Key losses: OH Erin Walter, L Tish Carmona

Top returners: Seniors Marissa Duncan (MH), Mallory Baldwin# (L), Megan Ross# (S) and Lindsey Scepura (DS/S).

Top newcomers: Junior Reeana Richardson (RS/OH).

Scouting report: The Vikings graduated one of the league's most explosive hitters in Walter, but return a plethora of talent at the setter and defensive positions. Duncan could be one of the best middles in the league, and Richardson will also provide some offensive punch.

Key number: 8. Number of returning players from last year's Vikings' squad. Three have college commitments: Ross (Gettysburg), Duncan (UMBC) and Scepura (Frostburg/Salisbury).

Oakland Mills