Player of the Year: Kayani Turner, John Carroll
An intimidating force at the net, the 6-foot-2 senior outside hitter combined power and athleticism to become the metro area's top player.
In the past two seasons, Turner has led the Patriots to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A and B Conference titles and a 39-1 record.
Smashing ball after ball, she was unstoppable with 27 kills in the A Conference final win over Chapelgate this season. Turner also improved other aspects of her game and developed leadership skills.
"Kayani was more than a player," said John Carroll coach Greg Cullison. "She was like a coach on the court. The other kids listened to her."
She finished with an area-leading 324 kills, an average of 5.6 per game, after delivering a metro-area-leading 264 kills (4.6) as a junior.
Turner, the area's most heavily recruited volleyball player, accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Illinois after 100 schools showed interest in her.
It's amazing she has only been playing the sport for four years. She started playing in her freshman year in order to get in shape for basketball.
By season's end, it was obvious she could be something special on the volleyball court. By her junior year, Turner was clearly on her way to garnering a Division I scholarship.
She put it all together this year, including 23 blocks, 145 service points and 54 aces.
Coach of the Year: Dave Trumbo, Liberty
With only one senior on his team, Trumbo led the Lions to the best season in school history. Liberty capped a 19-0 campaign by winning its first state volleyball championship.
Trumbo's Lions won the Class 2A state title by outlasting defending champion Glenelg in five games, 20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 13-25 and 15-9.
In the process, the Lions terminated the Gladiators' two-year, 38-match winning streak and claimed the final No. 1 ranking in The Sun's poll for the first time in school history in any sport.
"Our hitters seldom make mistakes and our junior setter, Lauren Locklear, took the place of a two-time Carroll County Player of the Year [Laura Shand], and did a great job," said Trumbo, who convinced his girls the morning of the final that they could win it all. He broke down a videotape on how to beat Glenelg before they took the bus to Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum.
Trumbo, who is 114-27 in eight seasons at Liberty, masterfully brought his group along as the Lions won their fifth straight county title. Liberty swept then-No. 5 Owings Mills to advance to its first state final since 1991.
Lynn Cipollone, Severna Park
A two-time All-Anne Arundel County hitter, Cipollone, a 5-foot-9 senior, was the No. 7 Falcons' go-to player. Known as "Chip" by her team- mates, she led her team to the county championship match and the Class 3A South region semifinals. Intense, athletic and strong, Cipollone was the Falcons' leader in kills (150) for a second straight season. She also had 89 digs, was 156-for-174 (.897 percentage) at the service line, and had 57 aces off her power serve.
Christina Greene, Broadneck
The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, Green, a 5-8 senior, led the No. 4 Bruins to the county title and a fourth straight state final. The exuberant left-hander delivered power hits and torpedo-like service aces, averaging 2.5 kills, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 aces per game.
A three-year starter, she was outstanding defensively, throwing her body all over the court. She led the county in digs with 141.
Roberta Holehouse, CHEN
Dominant at the net, Holehouse led the No. 8 Bravehearts to a 15-0 record in their independent schedule. The 5-7 junior hitter used her 25-inch vertical jump and great ability to adjust to opposing defenses, averaging 6.0 kills per game. Holehouse had a .416 efficiency hitting rate, and she had 39 kills in a five-game victory over the Maryland School for the Deaf. Her powerful jump-serve produced 74 aces.
Stacey Krebs, Liberty
A solid hitter, Krebs was spectacular in the Lions' upset of previously unbeaten and top-ranked Glenelg in the Class 2A state final. The 6-foot junior led the Lions to their first state title in volley- ball by outlasting Glenelg in five games and ending the Gladiators' 38-match winning streak.
Krebs, who was Carroll County's co-Player of the Year with teammate Meghan McConville, had 13 kills and four blocks to dethrone the Gladiators and vault the Lions to No. 1. Krebs averaged 3.1 kills, one block and served .926 percent.
Kellie Krouse, Towson
Krouse was clearly the catalyst for the Generals (19-1) in their run to a third consecutive state final and third straight Baltimore County title.
The No. 3 Generals lost the Class 3A state title to Calvert (19-0) in three games despite 10 kills by Krouse. The 5-7 junior hitter, who possessed power and the ability to find open holes, had 12 kills in a 3-1 victory over Seneca Valley in the state semifinals. Her 22 kills in the state tournament were in line with her season average of 3.8 kills per game, and she had a .459 hitting efficiency.
Meghan McConville, Liberty
Sharing Carroll County Player of the Year honors with her teammate, Stacey Krebs, McConville mirrored her fellow junior. The 5-11 outside hitter had 3.2 kills per game in the Lions' run to a fifth straight county championship and third straight region title. Along the way to the state tournament, McConville had big games against strong rivals Francis Scott Key and Thomas Johnson, with 21 and 17 kills, respectively. The two-time All-County hitter had seven kills in the 3-2 win over Glenelg in the state final.
Tara Stradling, Glenelg
Stradling, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year and a two-time Howard County Player of the Year, was the metro area's premier setter the past two seasons. The Gladiators failed to repeat as 2A state champions, but not for lack of outstanding play and on-court leadership by Stradling.
The 5-10 senior, who is headed to American University, had 46 assists in a four-game state semifinal victory over J.M. Bennett. She had 30 more to go with eight kills in Glenelg's five-game loss to Liberty in the state final.
Erika Swan, Centennial
A three-year starter with excellent skills offensively and defensively, Swan helped the Eagles back to the state final four in Class 3A, where they lost to eventual champion Calvert. The 5-10 outside hitter led the No. 5 Eagles (17-3) with 167 kills and 179 digs. Swan, who is headed to TowsonUniversity, raised her game from her junior year by being more aggressive at the net and in the back row.
Stacey Wasserman, Owings Mills
Wasserman, Baltimore County's top setter, averaged 9.5 assists and finished her three varsity seasons with a school-record 1,876 career assists.
The leadership and efficient passing of the 5-8 senior led the No. 6 Eagles (17-3) to the Class 2A state semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Liberty.
A two-time All-Baltimore City/County selection, Wasserman served .942 percent, had 91 aces and averaged 1.5 blocks per game on the season.
Name School Class Position
Mandy Gerolstein Broadneck Senior Hitter
Tiffany Johnson Arundel Junior Hitter
Michelle Morgan Glenelg Senior Hitter
Queen Nzenwa Kenwood Senior Hitter
Jen Stambaugh Francis Scott Key Senior Hitter
Rebecca Tursell Glenelg Junior Hitter
Lindsey Wenderoth Owings Mills Senior Hitter
Amanda Willey Bel Air Senior Hitter
Stacey Carroll Mount Hebron Senior Setter
Brittany Umetin CHEN Junior Setter
Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun