BALTIMORE COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Arlington Baptist Eagles

1993 record: 5-6. Coach: John Lee.

Top players: Kate Bisset, Sr.; Lynn Lee, Sr.; Brace Kim, Sr.; Tina Olson, Sr.; Jessi Young, Soph.

Outlook: Lee returns for his fifth season as coach of the Eagles, who play mostly Washington-area schools in the Christian Schools Athletic Association. The team lost only one senior from last year, and Lee says the returnees are all very coachable. According to Lee, the skill level has been a concern, but the team sent 10 players to volleyball camp this summer.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1993 record: 0-8. Coach: Margie McClure.

Top players: Rachel Dahan, Jr.; Marlene Holander, Soph.; Lilly Dahan, Jr.

Outlook: Last year was not kind to the Warriors, but all except one player returns. Beth Tfiloh will add a junior varsity this year, and McClure says she has seen great improvement. She says she has stressed serving, and the team has made great strides.

Catholic Cubs

1993 record: 11-7. Coach: Leo Matanguihan.

Top players: Michelle Chilcope, Jr.; Jennifer Betley, Sr.; Danielle Dorney, Sr.; Amy Robinson, Jr.

Outlook: The Cubs will rely on Chilcope, a first team All-Catholic League member who Matanguihan calls the best server in the league, to lead the team. Catholic will start three underclassmen. The defense looks to be improved over last season, and Matanguihan sees the Cubs improving on last year's .500 record (4-4) in the Catholic League.

Catonsville Comets

1993 record: 11-2. Coach: Debbie Clem.

Top players: Tricia Uttenreither, Sr.; Kristie Deickman, Sr.; Shannon Rexrode, Sr., Lori Havrilla, Sr.

Outlook: The Comets return a strong nucleus that features Uttenreither, possibly the best setter in Baltimore County. The 5-foot-6 Uttenreither, who had 214 assists last season, will have more height beside her on the front line. The Comets lost a big hitter in Christie Anderson, but should not falter with the return of Deickman. Uttenreither also is Catonsville's top server, having a 96.5-percent serving average with 27 aces last year.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1993 record: 10-5. Coach: Beth Benzinger.

Top players: Stephanie Washington, Sr.; Cara Stilli, Sr.; Chesna Selway, Sr.; Janet Walters, Jr.; Jundmiwha Bullock, Jr.

Outlook: The Bayhawks will get strong hitting from Washington, who is one of the tallest players in the area at 6-1. Washington will not have to carry the entire offense with five experienced seniors surrounding her. But beyond that group, the Bayhawks lack proven players.

Dulaney Lions

1993 record: 9-4. Coach: Dan Overtoom.

Top players: Melissa Krawczyk, Sr.; Alissa Thomas-Oakley, Sr.; Katherine Cook, Sr.; Janice Cooper, Sr.

Outlook: The Lions are one of the most experienced teams in Baltimore County, returning six seniors. Dulaney has some size again, averaging 5-10 across the front line. The only weakness is depth. The core of the offense will be Krawczyk, Thomas-Oakley, Cook and Cooper.

Dundalk Owls

1993 record: 10-2. Coach: Sue Nevins.

Top players: Melissa Rao, Sr.; Becky Sowden, Sr.; Chantelle Rico, Sr.

Outlook: The Owls are looking for another strong season, relying heavily on an aggressive hitting corps. A surprise out of the Owls' group of six front-line players could be Rico, a left-handed hitter. The Owls must find a way to counter their height deficiency.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1993 record: 3-12. Coach: Mike Biedermann.

Top players: Michelle Kitzmiller, Sr.; Valerie Pferdeort, Sr.; Kristy Snaute, Sr.

Outlook: The Mavericks have a good blend of talent with seven returning seniors. The fate of Eastern Tech will be how the six new juniors respond on varsity. Kitzmiller, the setter, will shoulder the responsibility of leading the offense.

Franklin Indians

1993 record: 4-9. Coach: Cindy Wasserman.

Top players: Kelly Banahan, Sr.; Melinda Lyons, Sr.; Melissa Cofield, Jr.

Outlook: The Indians are still a year away from contending. Franklin, however, is much improved, and will be looking to reach .500 this year. There is little returning strength, and Wasserman will go with a younger group. The offense is very sporadic.

Hereford Bulls

1993 record: 3-7. Coach: Elma Fromm.

Outlook: Fromm takes over for Pat Pilson as coach. A priority will be to find someone to replace Laura Lewis. A 5-11 hitter, Lewis was the main force on the court whether she is on the front line hitting or in the backcourt serving.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1993 record: 2-11. Coach: Susan Costello.

Outlook: The Bluebirds are seeking to rebound from a season in which they won only two games in the Baltimore County 3A-4A League.

Lansdowne Vikings

1993 record: 14-3. Coach: Jason Dykstra.

Top players: Selina Miller, Sr.; Sarah Dymond, Jr.; Nicole Cascio, Sr.

Outlook: The talent is there, but not the experience for last year's state semifinalist Lansdowne. The three returning players are seasoned and will not make this season a rebuilding year. The Vikings will be in the Baltimore County 3A-4A League title hunt with Perry Hall and Dulaney. Once the Vikings gain that vital on-court experience, they could cause damage in the playoffs. Dymond will inherit the role as top hitter left by all-county Donna Crough.

Loch Raven Raiders

1993 record: 16-2. Coach: Carol McPherson.

Top players: Shannon Towner, Sr.; Kelly Powell, Sr.; Sun Kang, Jr.

Outlook: The Raiders have to fill a middle hitter slot and improve on their serving, but that's about all. Loch Raven is the strong favorite for the Baltimore County 1A-2A League title, as well as the state title. Four starters return from the regional final team that lost to Glenelg. Towner and Powell are a punishing 1-2 punch on offense. Towner, a 6-0 All-Metro setter who has a 20-inch vertical leap, does everything on the court. The premier player in the county had 23 assists and 56 kills last season. The Raiders are athletic on defense, boasting one of the best defensive squads in Baltimore County.

Maryvale Lions

1993 record: 7-4. Coach: Rose Weinstein.

Top players: Paddy Grygrowski, Jr.; Colleen Marshall, Sr.; Melissa Landis, Jr.; Anne Ngamsnga, Sr.

Outlook: First-year coach Weinstein says the Lions are better than she expected, and that the players listen well. The Lions return a senior-dominated team that finished fourth in the league last year, and Weinstein is optimistic that they will improve upon that this season. Maryvale will run a pattern offense this year, and Weinstein says they must adjust to it quickly if they are to do well.

McDonogh Eagles

1993 record: 4-8. Coach: Ginger Gelston.

Top players: Jennifer Brown, Sr.; Shannon Bridgham, Sr.; Teresa Vile, Sr.; Sommer Allen, Sr.

Outlook: Gelston takes over a developing program that struggled last year, but 11 returning players should help the Eagles. Vile, a 6-footer who Gelston coached on the basketball ++ team, should give the Eagles the presence at the net they lacked last season. As with the other AIS teams, the Eagles will learn as they play, so their ability to adjust will be important.

Milford Mill Millers

1993 record: 1-11. Coach: Pam Wright.

Top players: Kisha Watkins, Sr.; Lanette Mellerson, Sr.; Sharonda Webster, Sr.; Crystal Dent, Soph.

Outlook: The Millers have a large group of seniors, but most are inexperienced. Milford Mill has some ingredients -- height and team cohesion -- to make a successful team, but lack skills.

Mount Carmel Cougars

1993 record: 4-12. Coach: Jerry Bathory.

Top players: Erin Reed, Sr.; Angie Rose, Sr.; Stephanie Spangler, Jr.

Outlook: The Cougars took a beating last season, and will play a JV schedule within the Catholic League this season while playing varsity teams outside the league. This team didn't lose any starters from last year, and the skill level should be much improved.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1993 record: 6-4. Coach: Mary Bartel.

Top players: Brenna Dailey, Soph.; Nicole Howlett, Sr.; Alicia Connor, Sr.

Outlook: The Pirates graduated most of their team, which lost to Oldfields in the final of the AIS tournament last season. Bartel says that this season she has a good mix of veterans and rookies to fill the void, and they all seem coachable. Her main challenge has been to get Dailey, a 6-footer, more aggressive. Howlett, who Bartel calls a great athlete, and Connor are the only two seniors on the team and will provide the leadership.

Oldfields

1993 record: 14-1. Coach: Beth Franks.

Top players: Wini Lyons, Sr.; Page Scully, Sr.; Liz Hoogenboom, Sr.

Outlook: Oldfields returns half of its players from a team that captured the AIS championship last year, and Oldfields should be the favorite for the title again. Franks says the team will run a quick offense this year and serving should be a strength. Lyons, who had a 90% serving percentage last season, should lead the team again this year. Oldfields needs to improve its quickness on defense, but junior Elise Saab, a transfer from Texas, should ++ help in that regard.

Overlea Falcons

1993 record: 4-5. Coach: Charlene Diamond.

Top players: Karen Haak, Jr.; Andrea Chandler, Jr.; Erin Bockstie, Sr.; Nicole Zinkham, Soph.

Outlook: The Falcons have seven returning players, and have better height than in previous seasons. Chandler is the most athletic player, and will be shifted around from outside to middle hitter. The Falcons look to break into the top half of the county's 1A-2A league this season.

Owings Mills Eagles

1993 record: 13-4. Coach: Lisa Meyer.

Top players: Nikki Winik, Jr.; Kim Kraus, So.; Angie Chisnell, Sr; Faith Altman, Sr; Melissa Mikula Sr.; Alison Kleiner, Soph.

Outlook: The Eagles' prospects are uncertain after the loss of Jen Ziomek, one of the hardest hitters in the county. Owings Mills is without a star and young, but extremely well-balanced. The Eagles will offset their lack of court experience with their scrappy play. The Eagles will be one of the teams that might take a few tough defeats in the regular season, but make a run in the playoffs. Owings Mills, which is looking for its fourth straight regional final appearance, probably will battle Catonsville for second place in the Baltimore County 1A-2A League behind Loch Raven.

Parkville Knights

1993 record: 5-8. Coach: Karen Locke.

Top player: Stacey Comins, Sr.

Outlook: The Knights again will remain in the middle pack of the Baltimore County 3A-4A League. Comins is one of the top players in the county. She is critical to Parkville's game. In the backcourt, she is a consistent server. On the front line, she is the Knights' hardest hitter.

Patapsco Patriots

:. 1993 record: 9-4. Coach: Eileen Dunkerton.

Outlook: This year could be tougher with the loss of Melanie Moskowitz, who was the Patriots' leading hitter and the focal point of the front-line attack.

Perry Hall Gators

1993 record: 14-3. Coach: Pam Wilt.

Top players: Jessica Pataki, Sr.; Jasmine Giemon, Sr.; Erica King, Jr.

Outlook: The Gators are possibly one of the most talented teams in the area, and have plenty of incentive after failing to defend their regional crown last year. Erica King will not only fill Jaime Jansen's role as the top hitter, but could prove to be the best combination of hitter and defensive specialist in Baltimore County. Perry Hall will juggle its lineup in the regular season, experimenting with several players in different positions. The Gators' greatest strength is their communication on the court.

Pikesville Panthers

1993 record: 4-8. Coach: Don Hyson.

Outlook: In his first season as coach, Hyson wants a new attitude at Pikesville. He will utilize a 6-2 offense, which is a more aggressive offense and puts the hitting power near the net.

Randallstown Rams

1993 record: 4-8. Coach: Wendy Good.

Outlook: The Rams look to break out of the bottom half of the Baltimore County 3A-4A League. Randallstown also seeks to return to regionals after not making the playoffs last year.

St. Paul's Crusaders

1993 record: no team. Coach: Dawn DeGrange.

Top players: Laura Biddison, Jr.; Tehma Smith, Jr.

Outlook: Former Towson State player DeGrange takes over a program that was started at the request of the players, so desire will not be a problem. The team will only have one senior, setter Melissa Gordon, and finding a leader could be a problem.

Sparrows Point Pointers

3' 1993 record: 8-8. Coach: Linda Day.

Outlook: The Pointers look to get over .500 this season. However, Sparrows Point still will have a hard time breaking out of the middle group in the Baltimore County 1A-2A League. The Pointers should be able to build from last season's regional semifinal loss to Owings Mills.

Towson Catholic Owls

1993 record: 6-6. Coach: Cassandra Clemons.

Top players: Peggy Jarboe, Sr.; Dana Campbell, Sr.; Jen Irwin, Soph.; Holly Seibel, Fr.

Outlook: Clemons, who moves to Towson Catholic after playing on Goucher College's 44-4 team last season, says she is looking forward to the challenge of coaching the Owls. She says that the offense seems to be in order, but she will need to work on the defense.

Towson Generals

1993 record: 5-7. Coach: Chris Krastel.

Top players: Jessica Clerkin, Sr.; Katherin Bevans, Sr.; Lisa LaRosa, Sr.; Melanie Vandenberg, Sr.; Mary Sagnette, Jr.

Outlook: The Generals will be seeing the results of last year's rebuilding season. Six players return, including their best all-around player, Clerkin. The senior can put up a good set on virtually any pass, and digs well. Her top hitting teammate, Bevans, has been by her side since JV. Bevans is strong at the net and the baseline.

Western Tech

1993 record: no team. Coach: Ian Blanchard.

Top players: Jennifer Crawford, Soph.; Amanda David, Jr.

Outlook: Western Tech fields its first varsity team, and could struggle at times. There are no seniors on the club, and it will start three freshmen. Crawford is the most versatile player on Western Tech. She will start at setter, but is too valuable not to use at hitter.

Woodlawn Warriors

1993 record: 1-9. Coach: David Shriner.

Top players: Sheree Howard, Sr.; Cynthia Burch, Sr.; Cassandra Cook, Soph.; Alisa Nelson, Soph.

Outlook: The Warriors are very quick, and pass the ball smoothly. Woodlawn will find difficulty trying to compensate for its lack of height. The offense will be coordinated by Cook, who will learn on the court. Fellow sophomore Nelson will be one of the main threats up front.

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