Carlyn Cangiano, Centennial, senior, hitter -- Cangiano led Centennial to its third consecutive 3A state championship. The 6-foot middle hitter had 172 kills, averaging 2.7 per game. Just over 47 percent of the balls she hit went down for kills. With her agility, she was able to dominate defensively from the back row as well as at the net (63 point blocks). Cangiano further proved that she was a complete player by serving 75 aces. She has been on Centennial's varsity since her freshman year.
* Jen Conner, Severna Park, senior, hitter -- Conner, a 5-9, four-year starter who was moved from the middle to outside hitter this fall, was capable of taking over matches with her hitting, serving and defense. She registered 202 kills, had 38 aces and was 141-for-161 serving. And her defense ranked with the top players in the metro area. "Jen is the most explosive player I've got," said coach Tim Dunbar. "When Jen is playing at her best, she has few peers."
Marisa Davidson, Glenelg, senior, hitter -- Davidson powered the No. 3 Gladiators to their first state title in Class 2A. The team's offense revolved around Davidson, who hit from the back row as well as the front. A 6-foot outside hitter, she had 241 kills, an average of 3.5 per game. At the service line, she missed just 15 of 229 attempts and had 30 aces. "Marisa is certainly a very skilled player, but she contributed in so many other ways that helped get the team ready for the playoffs," said Glenelg coach Marlene Janis.
* Julie Kasprzak, Severna Park, senior, hitter -- Kasprzak, 5-9, didn't start until three matches into her junior year, but it didn't take long for her to develop into one of the most dominating and powerful outside hitters in the metro area. This season, she led Severna Park with 226 kills and she had just 28 errors going into the state final. She also was 224-for-239 serving with 46 aces. "She was our most consistent hitter," Dunbar said. "Julie is the catalyst for us because when she gets into a game early, it really
charged the whole team."
* Shannon Towner, Loch Raven, junior, setter -- Towner, a 6-foot junior, led Loch Raven to a 15-2 record and a berth in the state tournament. Possessing a 20-inch vertical leap, Towner registered 419 assists, 56 kills and 43 aces, and served at 92-percent efficiency. She made 13 digs against Glenelg in the state semifinals. She also directed Loch Raven's offense by calling all the plays. "She's tall, athletic and bright," said coach Carol McPherson. "She's the best setter we've ever had at Loch Raven."