Arlington Baptist Eagles
1994 record: 5-6. Coach: John Lee.
Top players: Rebecca Ritter, Sr.; Kelly Billbrey, Jr.; Carley Bennett, Sr.; Vicky Mathew, Sr.
Outlook: The Eagles have five players who have worked together for four years. They also have height and strength. Ritter and Billbrey are a strong hitting combination.
Beth Tfiloh Warriors
1994 record: 4-12. Coach: Margie McClure.
Top players: Marlene Hollander, Jr.; Rachael Dahan, Sr.; Mara Levin, Jr.; Rachael Steinberg, Sr.
Outlook: McClure said the Warriors have improved more than in any previous year. The AIS B Division runners-up are looking to finish around .500. Hollander is an athletic setter who leads by example.
Carver A&T; Wildcats
1994 record: No team. Coach: Colleen MacDonald.
Top players: Carol Quigley, Jr., H/S; Renee Kiel, Jr., D; Jenna Spikas, Soph., H/S.
Outlook: In their first varsity season, the Wildcats already have posted a win, beating Woodlawn in four games. MacDonald, who coached the junior varsity to a .500 season last year, expects to be competitive in Division II. The serving looks good, but the Wildcats will need more accurate passing to set up a consistent offense.
1994 record: 11-3. Coach: Debbie Clem.
Top players: Shannon Rexrode, Sr., H; Abigail Clark, Sr., S; Katie Hipsley, Soph., H.
Outlook: The Comets, who lost only to Loch Raven last year, have some rebuilding to do after losing much of their power and a veteran setter to graduation. Without that experience, they may start a little slowly, but should come on quickly. They have the power in 5-11 Rexrode and 5-10 Hipsley, as well as an able setter in Clark.
1994 record: 15-3. Coach: Cynthia Sagues.
Top players: Jummy Bullock, Sr., H; Janet Walters, Sr., H; Shannen Reynolds, Sr., H; Alissa Matthews, Sr., S.
Outlook: With four returning players, the Bayhawks should have the experience to contend for the Division II title. Bullock and Walters provide most of the offense, but the Bayhawks will need to be solid defensively. Blocking and serving look especially good early and the experience of playing together last year should give the team a jump on much of the opposition.
1994 record: 16-3. Coach: Don Overtoom.
Top players: Dawn Will, Sr., S; Tracy Miksis, Jr., H; Mandy Heagy, Sr., H; Jennifer Confer, Jr., H.
Outlook: The Lions lost only two games to a Baltimore County team last year -- both to Perry Hall. But they avenged those losses in the regionals before falling in five games to Western in the regional final. In Division I, the veteran Lions will be out to gain some respect. With their three top hitters at 5-10 or 5-11, the Lions have plenty of power potential. If they can boost the defense a little, they should be in the hunt for the division title.
1994 record: 11-2. Coach: Sue Nevins.
Top players: Heather Jones, Jr., H; Brany Pizzini, Sr., S; Jen Heffler, Sr., H; Erin Hunt, Sr., D.
Outlook: Some strategic changes are in order for the Eagles, who lost three strong hitters to graduation. This year's team is much smaller, so the Eagles must rely on back-row defense more than consistent blocking. Still, the greatest opposition may be the new Division I. The Eagles finished third behind Perry Hall and Dulaney in the old division, but Nevins knows it may be tough going in a league filled with perennial contenders.
Eastern Tech Mavericks
1994 record: 6-9. Coach: Mike Biedermann.
Top players: Crissy Bosse, Sr., S; Tara Dolly, Sr., S; Christy Holling, Sr., H; Christina Fox, Sr., H.
Outlook: The Mavericks lost five starters, but they shouldn't skip a beat with the five they have to fill in. The experience level remains about the same, but the Mavericks have more speed and quickness on the court. Serving and setting look strong, but the Mavericks need to adjust their passing to reap the benefits of their offense.
1994 record: 7-6. Coach: Jennifer Forren.
Top players: Melissa Cofield, Sr., H; Katie Snyder, Sr., S; Hue Vuong, Sr., D.
Outlook: With four returning starters, the Indians should be stronger based on experience alone. The 5-10 Cofield has plenty of power, but the Indians will have to improve their passing to take advantage of it. Forren, who takes over the varsity after three years with the junior varsity, expects the Indians to improve by playing in Division I.
1994 record: 4-10. Coach: Pat Pilson.
Top players: Karen Robinson, Fresh., H; Jen Reidy, Jr., H; Kelly Sands, Jr., H; Betsy Power, Jr., S.
Outlook: The Bulls have the potential for a consistent power offense, especially with 5-11 veteran Reidy and 5-10 newcomer Robinson, but things have been a little shaky early. In Division II, the Bulls should improve their record. It doesn't hurt to have some promising players move up from a junior varsity team that went 11-3 last fall.
1994 record: 1-10. Coach: Susan Costello.
Top players: Sarah Steinberg, Jr., H; Kim Griffin, Jr., H; Sommer Nickels, Sr., H; Colleen Bayer, Sr., S.
Outlook: The Bluebirds served notice that they're a team to be reckoned with by sweeping Patapsco in three games to open their season. Although she lost two starters, Costello has six returnees in the rotation. Although still a bit raw, the Bluebirds have the potential to continue to challenge the top teams in
1994 record: 7-7. Coach: Jason Dykstra.
Top players: Sarah Dymond, Sr., H; Kristy Monks, Sr., S; Christine Happel, Soph., H.
Outlook: With the power of Dymond and Happel, Dykstra expects the Vikings to have a powerful hitting attack, something they have not had in the past. To make that work, however, the Vikings need to improve their passing. If they can get the ball to Monks, Dykstra said, they have a chance to win every match. While the competition is tougher in Division I, the Vikings are glad to see the renewal of their rivalry with Catonsville.
Loch Raven Raiders
1994 record: 19-0. Coach: Carol McPherson.
Top players: Tiggy Stevens, Sr., H; Sun Kang, Sr., H; Jebry Simon, Sr., D.
Outlook: Graduation hurt the defending Class 2A champions more than any other team in the county. Five starters departed, taking with them most of the height and experience from a team that won its third straight county title. The Raiders will rebuild with only Stevens, Kang and Simon returning with much court time. Still, they have the potential, and McPherson, last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year, could have them running smoothly midway through the season.
1994 record: 5-4. Coach: Kathleen Arvin.
Top players: Paddy Grygrowski, Sr.; Melissa Landis, Sr.; Kerry Cavanaugh, Sr.; Casey King, Sr.
Outlook: Arvin, who last coached at Howard High in 1990, is the Lions' third coach in three seasons. The Lions lack height and need to minimize their mistakes. Grygrowski is the team's top setter.
1994 record: 5-8. Coach: Ginger Gelston.
Top players: Amanda Slagle, Sr.; Megan O'Neill, Sr.; Marcie Arnold, Jr.; Dimple Shah, Sr.; Kristen Friel, Sr.; Amy Iager, Soph.
Outlook: The Eagles surprised the AIS by winning the B Division tournament as the sixth seed in their first year in the tournament. Gelston, one of the more respected coaches in the league, said it will be a rebuilding year, with Arnold being the lone returning starter. Slagle, who was supposed to start, wasn't at full strength last season after missing the first two weeks with mononucleosis.
Milford Mill Millers
1994 record: 0-11. Coach: Pam Wright.
Top players: Tiffany Galloway, Jr., D; Dyana Mitchell, Soph., D.
Outlook: With no returning starters and no experienced seniors, Wright is getting back to the basics with the Millers. Most of the Millers are fairly new to the sport, so they will be looking simply to post their first victory.
Mount Carmel Cougars
1994 record: 5-6. Coach: Lee Knox.
Top players: Stephanie Spangler, Sr.; Keri Dwyer, Jr.; Randi Raynor, Sr.
Outlook: Knox returns after four seasons to coach Mount Carmel. Although six starters are gone, the coach said there is a good mixture of experienced seniors and talented freshmen. Spangler has good all-around skills from the weak-side attack.
Notre Dame Prep Pirates
1994 record: 7-1. Coach: Mary Bartel.
Top players: Andrea Tony, Sr.; Brenna Dailey, Jr.; Kate Doory, Sr.
Outlook: The Pirates have a solid group returning, having played together for three years. A top priority will be to replace the calm savvy of setter Lynn Connors. Tony and Dailey are considered outstanding hitters.
1994 record: 13-1. Coach: Beth Franks.
Top players: Candice Kasten, Sr.; Eily Carell, Sr.; Buffy Cauthen, Sr; Misty Fletcher, Sr.; Lauren Grosshandler, Sr; Anja Kroll, Jr.
Outlook: Oldfields has won 27 of its past 29 matches and two straight AIS A Division titles, but graduated three players over 6 feet and both of its setters. Although young and inexperienced, Oldfields shouldn't suffer drastically by bringing up players from an undefeated JV squad. Kroll, who stands 5-11, is an outstanding hitter and setter.
1994 record: 9-6. Coach: Charlene Diamond.
Top players: Karen Hack, Sr., H/S; Andrea Chandler, Sr., H; Nikki Zinkhan, Jr., S.
Outlook: The Division I Falcons lost only one starter to graduation, but they suffered an additional blow when a veteran setter left the team. Still, plenty of consistency remains, especially in the two returning hitters, 5-8 Hack and 5-9 Chandler. The hitting should improve while serving is a strong point.
Owings Mills Golden Eagles
1994 record: 5-8. Coach: Lisa Meyer.
Top players: Nikki Winik, Sr., H; Kim Kraus, Jr., H; Alison Kleiner, Jr., S; Ana Rodriguez, Sr., S.
Outlook: Without much height, the Eagles must rely on smart, scrappy play to keep them alive in Division I. Unlike past teams, this group doesn't have anyone who can get up and put the ball down. While the others return, the Eagles also get a boost from
setter Rodriguez, a transfer from Kansas City.
1994 record: 6-7. Coach: Kellie Danna Hurst.
Top players: Latanya Jones, Sr., H; Danielle Campbell, Sr., H; Lisa Rauezahn, Soph., S; Yanitza Torres, Jr., D.
Outlook: Expected to be among the contenders for the Division II title, the Knights return starters Jones and Campbell. They still have a lot of youngsters on the team, but compared to most of the competition, the Knights have more experience, as well as some power in 5-11 Jones.
1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Madge Salazar.
Top players: April Rodgers, Jr., H; Melissa Farr-Smith, Sr., H; Julie Molina, Sr., H.
Outlook: The Patriots have some rebuilding to do, especially at setter after losing five starters. Salazar, a former Brazilian Olympian, moves up from the JV along with most her squad. Rodgers, a 5-7 outside hitter, is the only returning starter although 5-10 reserves Farr-Smith and Molina saw some action off the bench last year. If the setters can connect with the hitters, however, the Patriots could contend for the Division II title.
Perry Hall Gators
1994 record: 15-5. Coach: Pam Wilt.
Top players: Erica King, Sr., H; Stephanie Sanzone, Jr., H; Kim Opdyke, Sr., S.
Outlook: Most of the Gators' losses last year came to some of the best teams in the state, including state Class 4A champ Northern of Calvert County, Loch Raven and Severna Park. Even though they lost three starters, the Gators return plenty of power in 5-9 King and 5-10 Sanzone. The mystery is setting, so if Opdyke can come on strong, the Gators could post another excellent record. Either way, they should challenge for the Division I title.
1994 record: 8-7. Coach: Bob Talbert.
Top players: Jamie Fowler, Sr., H; Susan Frank, Sr., S; Sarah Collison, Sr., S; Erica Levinton, Sr., H.
Outlook: The Panthers have plenty of potential in their four returning starters, and that experience alone should give them a boost past some of the competition in Division II. But the Panthers must improve their passing to take advantage of the setting and hitting. Strong serving should help.
1994 record: 10-6. Coach: Lisa Ramsey.
Top players: Tammy Trible, Sr., H; Christy Stewart, Sr., S.
Outlook: The Division II Rams are getting off to a slow start because Ramsey didn't get the coaching job until a week before school started. Most of the starters return, giving the Rams offensive balance as well as some depth. Trible is still the top hitting threat, but there is some potential in the rest of the starting lineup.
Sparrows Point Pointers
1994 record: 9-6. Coach: Linda Day.
Top players: Yozmin Gay, Sr., H; Candace Gay, Soph., H; Tiffany Bradds, Sr., S; Bev Swiger, Jr., S.
Outlook: The Pointers lost most of their offensive power when they graduated five starters. There's inexperience among the setters. The Gay sisters, 5-10 veterin Yozmin and 5-11 Candace, should provide most of the power, but the Pointers will need time to develop and that could hurt them early. Day's goal is to go .500 against Division I competition.
St. Paul's Crusaders
1994 record: 1-9. Coach: Kim Radle.
Top players: Laura Peace, Jr.; Tehma Smith, Sr.; Laura Biddison, Sr.; Samantha Murray, Jr.
Outlook: Radle, who coached in Texas, takes over the two-year program and said she has a number of good athletes. The Crusaders are still building and should field a varsity and JV team. Smith is the top hitter.
1994 record: 7-5. Coach: Jayne Lacy.
Top players: Jaimee Reynolds, Soph., H/S; Liz Burger, Sr., H; Janice Toth, Sr., H; Sabrina Reilly, Jr., S.
Outlook: New coach Lacy is making some strategic shifts in the Generals' offense, but with three returning hitters -- 5-8 Reynolds, 5-6 Burger and 5-8 Toth -- there is power potential. The Generals have three setters, so if they can connect consistently, they should be competitive.
Towson Catholic Owls
1994 record: 0-10. Coach: Cassandra Clemons.
Top players: Jen Irwin, Jr.; Lillian Samuels, Jr.; Christine Giannaccini, Jr.
Outlook: The Owls have a revamped team that includes no seniors and five freshmen. Clemons said she is excited about having a group that will play the next two seasons together. The strength of the Owls will be defense and serve receive.
Western Tech Wolverines
1994 record: 1-12. Coach: Ian Blanchard.
Top players: Amee Liggett, Jr., S/H; Jen Crawford, Jr., S/H; Levonna Fao, Sr., H.
Outlook: Blanchard expects the Wolverines to move toward .500 in their second season as a varsity team. Although they remain fairly inexperienced with three starting sophomores, they should be competitive in the new Division II. To post more wins than losses, however, they need to play strong defense and get some solid contributions from the youngsters. They don't have much height, but 5-7 Liggett and 5-6 Crawford have impressive vertical jumps.
1994 record: 1-10. Coach: Dave Shreiner.
Top players: Alisa Nelson, Jr., H; Alana Johnson, Soph., S; Tiffany Fennoy, Jr., D; Nikki Foreman, Fresh., D.
Outlook: The Warriors face a rebuilding season with a young and inexperienced squad. The defense and the passing look good, but the Warriors don't have the experience to mount a power attack. However, Schreiner is hoping to build a foundation for the future by keeping 15 freshmen between the varsity and JV squads.