2017 Volleyball Players To Watch

For The Baltimore Sun

Melissa Bonzelet

Century, outside hitter, senior

This will be Bonzelet’s fourth year as a starter for the Knights, and she will lead Century’s attack. She came on late last season and had a breakout year, leading the underrated Knights to a regional final appearance.

Alicia Eldredge

Arundel, setter, senior

The quarterback of a loaded team, Eldredge returns as an All-Metro first-team player. Her coach calls her “detailed and disciplined,” and she will be counted on to be a leader for the area’s top team.

Lydia Leiner

Liberty, outside hitter, junior

The Lions struggled a little last season, but Leiner was one of the bright spots for traditionally powerful Liberty. Though not physically imposing at 5 feet 10, the junior has a huge vertical leap and can play any position.

Sara Mandreja

Towson, outside hitter, senior

An All-Metro first-team player last year, Mandreja had a great season leading the Generals to the state semifinals. Towson lost a lot to graduation from last year, but keeps probably the best player in Baltimore County.

Mackenzie Meehan

Arundel, middle hitter, junior

Her coach calls her an explosive player who has a great vertical leap. Meehan’s leadership and command of the offense will be needed if Arundel is to take the next step at the state level.

Jacey Lewis

Archbishop Spalding, outside hitter, sophomore

The daughter of former Maryland basketball star Derrick Lewis, she assumed a prominent role for the Cavaliers last year and just got better as the season went on. Spalding will count on her for most of its offense.

Mone’t Peoples

St. Paul’s, Middle hitter, senior

After playing in the shadow of Jillian Randolph last year, Peoples, an All-Metro second-team player, will lead the Gators. She has committed to Ithaca for volleyball.

Emily Przybyla

Centennial, setter, senior

The Eagles have high expectations again this year, and Przybyla’s ability as a leader will be instrumental. An instinctive player, she is like another coach on the floor.

Jilienne Widener

Westminster, outside hitter, sophomore

An All-Metro second-team selection last year, Widener was the Carroll County Player of the Year as a freshman. She will be counted on to provide most of the offense for the improving Owls.

Lisa Zoch

Atholton, outside hitter, junior

A second team All-Metro selection, Zoch was the leader of a team that won the area’s only state championship last season. Her experience will be crucial if the Raiders are to return to College Park.

Other notables:

Ayden Allston, Poly

Colleen Aulay, Glenelg

Emily Bartlett, Westminster

Malina Beideman, Mount de Sales

Madison Chadwick, Broadneck

Pam Chukwujekwu, Reservoir

Savannah Doctor, South River

Marlee Dzergoski, Manchester Valley

Ally Everton, Century

Julia Franzoni, Notre Dame Prep

London Fuller, Poly

Chyna Gubbings, Arundel

Morgan Hill, St. Paul’s

Megan Hoy, Bel Air

Aja Irving, Dulaney

Anna Jezerski, Howard

Heidi Li, River Hill

Georgia Marriner, Severna Park

Logan Marsh, Towson

Brooke Mason, Atholton

Maggie May, Hereford

Enitan Omolewa, Reservoir

Madison Paige, Howard

Kathryn Parler, Dulaney

Emma Quandt, Broadneck

Bailee Richman, Harford Tech

Sarah Rose, Notre Dame Prep

Erin Shaffrey, Maryvale

Sasha Solomon, Chesapeake-BC

Maddie Southern, Glenelg

Jackie Sterenberg, Centennial

Olena Voloshyna, Franklin

Alexa Welch, Mount Hebron

Ali Whitworth, Liberty

Ally Winship, Severna Park


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