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Volleyball players to watch in the fall 2014 season

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Milan Amos

Dulaney, hitter, senior

Last season, Amos was a big part of the offense that led the Lions to the Class 4A state title. Her coach says her power game has improved — and she was already one of the harder hitters in the area.

Jordyn Beans

Broadneck, setter, junior

Maybe the best setter in the area as a sophomore, Beans will captain the defense of a team with great expectations. Beans spent a good portion of the offseason playing beach volleyball to refine her skills, and her coach says it has improved her game.

Madison Carter

South River, hitter, senior

Carter was part of a tandem that made the Seahawks the surprise team in the area last year. Her versatility and smarts make her almost like another coach on the court, and her power game will lead the Hawks.

Sophie Hoekstra

Severna Park, hitter, senior

Hoekstra led the Falcons to the Class 4A state final last year. Her coach said Hoekstra's strengths are versatility and leadership, and she will be counted on to tutor some of Severna Park's younger players.

Meghan Kelley

Centennial, hitter, senior

The Eagles are dealing with a lot of change this year, but Kelley remains. Entering her fourth year on varsity, she will have to be the on-the-court leader of coach Mike Bossom's offense.

Jillian Randolph

St. Paul's, hitter, senior

A preseason candidate for Player of the Year last season, Randolph injured her ACL in the second game and missed the rest of the season. Her power game and leadership will be crucial for the top-ranked Gators, who aim to repeat as IAAM A Conference champions.

Reeana Richardson

Mount Hebron, hitter, senior

Richardson had some problems with her back this offseason, and how fast she heals will determine a lot about the Vikings' season. The captain of the offense, Richardson has committed to play volleyball at Hampton next season.

Lauryn Terry

Hammond, hitter, junior

The 6-foot-4 Terry burst onto the scene last season and will provide most of the offense for an up-and-coming Bears program. Discovered at a club tournament in North Carolina, she has committed orally to play for North Carolina State after graduation.

Nicole Venturelli

Liberty, hitter, senior

Venturelli was one of the top all-around players in Carroll County last year. Her coach says she's spent much of the offseason refining her game. She's a threat to score from anywhere on the court, and The Lions will rely on her leadership.

Hanna Webster

Howard, setter, senior

The Lions were gutted by graduation, but Webster is one of the quality players who remain. Her coach says she has a great volleyball IQ and is looked to for her mentoring skills as well as her volleyball ability.

OTHER NOTABLES

Emily Allen, Centennial

Maddy Belt, Reservoir

Kendall Burdette, St. Paul's

Katie Byrne, Broadneck

Anna Carmen, Notre Dame Prep

Catie Chervenak, Hammond

Meghan Crouse, Winters Mill

Emily Durocher, Arundel

Allie Desmond, Marriotts Ridge

Nicole Ebaugh, Towson

Riley Forquer, Century

Gabby Fox, Francis Scott Key

Noelle Funk, Hereford

Rachael Girard, Glenelg

Sarah Girard, Glenelg

Gabrielle Green, Mount Hebron

Rejai Hagar, Poly

Jessie Karcz, Westminster

Jai-Ivy Lee, Poly

Tara Mahoney, South River

Mckenzie Mensch, Archbishop Spalding

Meghan Morales, Wilde Lake

Isabel Paci, River Hill

Christina Richardson, C. Milton Wright

Mariah Savage, Mercy

Kate Shea, Arundel

Mary Smith, Severna Park

Kelly Surkovich, Wilde Lake

Mallory Svoboda, Dulaney

Taylor Swenski, Mount de Sales

Mariah Thomas, Bel Air

Amanda Voll, Catonsville

Ivey Wagner, Fallston

Christina Whitaker, McDonogh

Maja Wichhart, Catonsville

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