Her hitting and overall play around the net established the Mawrtians of coach Tim Dunbar as the team to beat in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference. After finishing as B Conference runners-up in 2005, the Brooks-led Mawrtians rolled to the title in November, going 6-1 in the semifinals and final. Brooks had 17 kills in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Mercy, and 21 in the team's 3-1 triumph over Maryvale Prep in the final.
Centennial, hitter Grosso's 2006 season was like a replay of last year's. Once again, the 5-foot-11 middle hitter played a prominent role in another Class 3A state championship for the No. 1 Eagles. It was Centennial's third straight state championship and a state-record 13th, and Grosso, also a first-team pick last season, lived up to her reputation as a big-game player.
Grosso, who averaged 2.4 kills per game (174 in 73 games), used her quick, explosive style at the net to record 20 kills in a 3-2 semifinal victory over No. 10 Catonsville, and came back with 15 kills and five aces in a 3-1 victory in the final over Calvert County's Huntingtown (18-1). In last year's state tournament, Grosso had 25 kills in the two games, led the Eagles in blocks (36) and had 44 digs, 32 aces and 15 assists.
Adding Lisle's 4.1 kills per game as a sophomore, she recorded over 1,200 kills for her three-year career. In leading the Gators to a 15-8 record, Lisle also had 385 digs in 84 games for an average of 4.6 per game. Lisle, who will play for Bucknell next year, also had 167 aces.
Possessing a 30-inch vertical leap, strength and quickness on her no-look line shot, Mockapetris frequently dominated matches. She often went on torrid streaks that seemed to deflate the opposition. Power-hitting, however, was not all the senior did. Constantly hustling, she also played tenacious defense in the back row and had 160 digs. In a 3-1 loss to eventual Howard County champion Reservoir in the county semifinals, Mockapetris had 19 digs.
Her all-around game drew high praise from opposing coaches, not to mention her coach, Cary Lyon. The 5-foot-7 senior outside hitter delivered powerful kills, has a hard jump-serve, is a superb passer with excellent court vision and played good defense. She raised her kills from 2.7 per game as a junior to 3.6 this season with 150 in 42 games. Her hitting percentage was .513. Schmitz also had 170 digs, an average of 4.1 per game.
The 5-foot-10 outside hitter led her county in kills with 3.0 per game and helped the Lions win their eighth consecutive Carroll County title and sixth straight 2A West regional crown. She had averaged 2.5 kills last year, but she worked hard to get stronger and it paid off. In the Lions' 3-1 loss to Reservoir in the 2A state semifinals, Stansbury had 13 kills. Serving at an 80-percent clip, she delivered 56 aces to finish her career with a school-record 138. Defensively, Stansbury was outstanding and was atop the metro area list with 5.3 digs per game.