LOCAL SPORTS: HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW

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Arlington Baptist Eagles

1995 record: 5-7.

Coach: Liz Byers.

Top players: Jessica Young, Sr., S; Kelly Bilbrey, Sr., H.

Outlook: In their second season in the AIS B Division, the Eagles are hoping for a .500 year. Only two starters return from last year's squad, but Byers feels that as the season goes on, her team could surprise.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors

1995 record: 11-5.

Coach: Margie McClure.

Top players: Marlene Hollander, Sr., S; Mara Levin, Sr., H; Alisa Baer, Jr., S; Nina Auster, Fr., H.; Lily Dahan, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Warriors lost to McDonogh in the AIS B finals a season ago. This season, with McDonogh gone and all but two starters returning, Beth Tfiloh is primed for a run at the championship.

Carver A&T; Wildcats

1995 record: 4-12.

Coach: Michele Patras.

Top players: Jena Stikas, Jr., S/H; Angela Jett, Jr., S; Lesley McTague, Soph., S; Brooke Elsnic, Soph., H.

Outlook: In their second varsity season, the Wildcats remain young and inexperienced, but new coach Patras has high hopes for improving on that record in Division II. At 5-10, Stikas has power, but there are more setters than experienced hitters.

Catonsville Comets

1995 record: 15-4.

Coach: Debbie Clem.

Top players: Marci Brewer, Jr., H; April Collins, Sr., S; Jessica Delamater, Sr., H; Danie Remeikis, Jr., H.

Outlook: The Comets reached the state Class 2A championship game last year, but graduation claimed their top gun, All-Metro powerhouse Shannon Rexrode, as well as veteran setter Abigail Clark. Rexrode carried the Comets last year, but now they will need a team effort to be competitive in Division I.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1995 record: 13-5.

Coach: Joyce Kerr.

Top players: Nicole Mryncza, Jr., H; Amanda Stansburg, Jr., S; Lacretia Gibson, Jr., H.

Outlook: The Bayhawks won the Division II title last year, but a lot has changed since then. Every starter graduated, so this should be a rebuilding year. Kerr, who stopped coaching volleyball several years ago after 15 seasons, returns to fill a void for one year.

Dulaney Lions

1995 record: 13-5.

Coach: Don Overtoom.

Top players: Tracy Miksis, Sr., H; Jennifer Confer, Sr., H; Lisa Headd, Jr., H; Jody Costa, Jr., H; Kelli Kramer, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Lions have a surplus of hitters as well as a promising new setter in sophomore Katrina Papavasiliou, so the only question is whether they can pass the ball well enough to take advantage of that. Last year, the Lions struggled with their passing, especially in the regional championship game they lost to Perry Hall. Miksis, Confer and Headd are all at least 5-10 and have plenty of power.

Dundalk Eagles

1995 record: 11-9.

Coach: Angie Wabnum.

Top players: Heather Jones, Sr., H; Shannon Shook, Sr., H; Kristy Schultz, Sr., S.

Outlook: The Eagles struggled last year in Division I but came on strong to win three matches in the regional playoffs. Four starters return, including 5-7 hitters Jones and Shook as well as veteran setter Schultz. Wabnum, who played twice in the national small college tournament while at Wilmington College in Delaware, will try to improve the Eagles' all-around game, especially their serve receive.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1995 record: 9-7.

Coach: Mike Biedermann.

Top players: Christina Fox, Jr., H; Jenny Newell, Sr., S; Jenny Burkowski, Sr., H; Jenny Clauser, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Mavericks lost four starters, but Biedermann expects them to pick up right where they left off in Division II. Setters Newell and Clauser have experience and can hold the offense together. There's a balance of power, including three promising hitters between 5-9 and 5-11, moving up from JV. Fox, at 5-9, led the team in blocks and aces last year.

Franklin Indians

1995 record: 8-9.

Coach: Pat Larson.

Top players: Cathy Whitman, Jr., H; Megan Erickson, Sr., H; Carrie Weih, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Indians lost four starters but have experienced middle hitters in Erickson and Weih. Larson, who coached Libery's JV last year, said he has height and athletic ability in several others. Junior Sara Teter, a reserve last year, will take over the setting chores.

Hereford Bulls

1995 record: 10-4.

Coach: Pat Pilson.

Top players: Jen Reidy, Sr., H; Betsy Power, Sr., S; Nicole Stockett, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Bulls made a huge turn-around last season, rebounding from a 4-10 season in 1994. If not for a strep virus that ran through the team late in the season, they might have done even better. Only two starters are gone and seven seniors return, including 5-8 Reidy, the top hitter.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1995 record: 11-3.

Coach: Susan Costello.

Top players: Sarah Steinberg, Sr., H; Kim Griffin, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Bluebirds took advantage of the county's move to divisions based on strength, improving from 1-10 in 1994. This year, Costello looks for another good season despite losing four starters. With height, good passing and solid setting, the Bluebirds have all the tools to contend again in Division II.

Lansdowne Vikings

1995 record: 8-7.

Coach: Jason Dykstra.

Top players: Christine Happel, Jr., H; Sarah Grimes, So., H; Dawn Johns, So., H; Lisa Brooks, So., D; Beth McCain, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Vikings are young and return just two starters, but that doesn't mean they're inexperienced. The top five have Junior Olympic experience and play all year long. There's plenty of hitting power in 6-1 Happel, 5-9 Grimes and 5-8 Johns, and McCain is a capable setter. Dykstra said he is a little concerned about the accuracy of the passing, but he expects the Vikings to be a strong defensive team both at the net and in the backcourt.

Loch Raven Raiders

1995 record: 13-3.

Coach: Carol McPherson.

Top players: Cheryl Sandgren, Sr., H; Jenny Clarke, Sr., H; Chrissy Brammer, Jr., H; Sarah Flora, Jr., H; Karen Fulker, Sr., S.

Outlook: After losing five starters, the Raiders may be a little slow to get started this fall, but don't count them out at the end. A year ago, they also lost five starters and managed to reach the regional final. Once again, they have a lot of potential although most of it is untested. The 5-6 Sandgren and 5-9 Clarke are the only veterans although Flora and Fulker saw some varsity action.

Maryvale Lions

1995 record: 7-4.

Coach: Kathleen Arvin.

Top players: Sara Bogdan, Sr., H; Jennifer Feeley, Jr., H; Sheryl Trzcinsky, Jr., H; Christine Abbott, Sr., S.

Outlook: The defending AIS A Division tournament champions lost eight out of 11 players from last year, but should still be strong. Among this year's additions are Feeley, a hard-hitting transfer, and Trzcinsky, last season's JV MVP.

McDonogh Eagles

1995 record: 12-8.

Coach: Ginger Gelston.

Top players: Marcie Arnold, Sr., S; Laura Babkes, Jr., S; Aisha Mason, So., H; Jazmine Norton, So., H.

Outlook: After winning the AIS B Division the past two years, McDonogh moves up in class, taking its chances at the A level. Last season, the Eagles defeated eventual A champion Maryvale twice, so they expect to be quite competitive. The team is very young, but also athletic and large in numbers.

Milford Mill Millers

1995 record: 0-14.

Coach: Pam Wright.

Top players: Tiffany Galloway, Jr., H; Dyana Mitchell, Jr., H; Chante Alexander, So., H; Chaun Snell, Jr., H.

Outlook: For the third year in a row, the Millers are looking for a victory. Inexperience continues to be a problem, but Wright will get some talent moving up from a JV team that won a few games last year. The Division II Millers will struggle with setting, but Wright expects them to be able to use some of their hitting potential.

Notre Dame Prep Pirates

1995 record: 5-4.

Coach: Mary Bartel.

Top players: Brenna Dailey, Sr., H; Gina Natale, Sr., H; Mary Voneiff, Jr., H; Kate Doory, Sr., H-S; Michelle Garvey, Sr., D.

Outlook: A year ago, the Pirates got off to a strong start before collapsing in the second half of the season. This year, the goal is to sustain a high level of a play throughout the schedule. Six-foot hitter Dailey leads the way, as Bartel's squad will try to challenge in the A Division.

Oldfields

1995 record: 7-3.

Coach: Beth Franks.

Top players: Jacquette McGhee, Jr., OH; Rasheeda Wilson, Sr., OH; Shelley Short, Sr., S.

Outlook: Five starters graduated from a team that made it to the AIS semifinals last season, and starting middle hitter Anja Kroell is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. But don't count out Oldfields.

Overlea Falcons

1995 record: 14-3.

Coach: Charlene Diamond.

Top players: Nicole Zinkhan, Sr., H/S; Amy Strucko, Jr., H/S; Sarah Haak, Jr., D.

Outlook: The Division I Falcons lost only two starters to graduation, but Diamond expects this to be quite a different team. Zinkhan, a versatile second-team All-Metro pick, again should be one of Division I's top players.

Owings Mills Golden Eagles

1995 record: 4-12.

Coach: Lisa Meyer.

Top players: Kim Kraus, Sr., H; Alison Kleiner, Sr., S; Stacey Silverman, Sr., H; Shelby Winik, Soph., H.

Outlook: For the second year in a row, the Eagles haven't much height, so they will have to rely on scrappy defensive play to compete in Division I. Still, they return five starters and Meyer said she has been pleasantly surprised. With a lot of teamwork, ** the Eagles could move toward .500.

Parkville Knights

1995 record: 9-5.

Coach: Todd Frederick.

Top players: Becky Wilt, Jr., H; Lisa Rauezahn, Jr., S; Yanitza Torres, Sr., H; Tia Wetherald, Jr., S.

Outlook: Rookie coach Frederick takes over a team with only two returning starters. The Knights will run a more complicated offense this year, so how well they do will depend on how quickly they adapt. Frederick, however, said that since several of the girls have played club ball, they should be ready to contend in Division II.

Patapsco Patriots

1995 record: 4-11.

Coaches: Michelle Proser and Madge Salazar.

Top players: April Rodgers, Sr., H; Emily Radawiec, Soph, H; Sam Smith, Sr., H; Holly Warrenseltz, Jr., S.

Outlook: The Patriots remain young with a majority of juniors and sophomores, but with four starters back, Proser expects them to contend in Division II. The hitting should be more balanced with veterans Rodgers and Smith and the addition of 5-10 Radawiec, a transfer from Western T&E.;

Perry Hall Gators

1995 record: 19-5.

Coach: Pam Wilt.

Top players: Stephanie Sanzone, Sr., H; Beth Pancake, Sr., H; Stephanie Xecominos, Jr., S; Alyssa Phoebus, Jr., H; Kristen Corbin, Jr., H.

Outlook: The Gators enjoyed remarkable success last year, winning the county title and reaching the state Class 4A semifinals. But five starters graduated from that team, including All-Metro first-team setter Kim Opdyke and second-team hitter Erica King. Sanzone and Pancake are the only returnees with a lot of experience and both have power. The Gators have some young talent, and Wilt will need time to mold it.

Pikesville Panthers

1995 record: 6-10.

Coach: Cleve Reynolds.

Top players: Carrie Mishner, Sr., H; Joi Carter, Jr., H; Ameasha Ratcliff, Jr., H; Mandi Dunsmore, Jr., S.

Outlook: Reynolds, who never has coached volleyball before, expects this to be a learning season all-around. Last week, he took the whole team to a Towson State clinic and admits he learned as much as the players.

Randallstown Rams

1995 record: 5-8.

Coach: Lisa Ramsey.

Top players: Shannon Quinn, Sr., H; Diana Mitchell, Sr., H/S; Monique Mason, Fresh., H/S.

Outlook: The Rams struggled just to get going last year. They had to forfeit their first two games, because they didn't have a coach in time. Now, Ramsey returns and the Division II Rams are ready to go.

St. Paul's Gators

1995 record: 4-5.

Coach: Kim Radle.

Top players: Samantha Murray, Sr., H-S; Laura Peace, Sr., H; Raven Dennis, Sr., OH-D; Laura Sauter, Sr., OH-D.

Outlook: In the first year of their program, the Gators won one game. Last year, they captured the AIS B Division regular-season title.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1995 record: 8-8.

Coach: Linda Day.

Top players: Candace Gay, Jr., H; Bev Swiger, Sr., S; Elizabeth Fisher, Sr., H/S; Kristy Brennan, Sr., D.

Outlook: Day has good height on the team, but so far that translates into only good blocking. With their inexperience, most of the taller players still have to develop the power and the timing for the varsity game.

Towson Generals

1995 record: 5-11.

Coach: Jayne Lacy.

Top players: Jaimee Reynolds, Jr., S/H; Sabrina Reilly, Sr., H/S; Carol Gorsuch, Sr., D.

Outlook: The Generals return only three players and will rebuild with a lot of youngsters, including three freshmen. With so much inexperience, it helps to return such versatile veterans as 5-10 Reynolds and 5-7 Reilly.

Towson Catholic Owls

Coach: Carroll Brown.

Top players: Jennifer Irwin, Sr., H; Christine Giannaccini, Sr., S; Katie Ciresi, Sr., S.

Outlook: With nearly the entire team returning from last season, Brown takes over a program with a lot of promise. Setters Giannaccini and Ciresi will be the keys to the offense, setting up top hitter Irwin.

Western Tech Wolverines

1995 record: 2-12.

Coach: Michele Hageman.

Top players: Amee Liggett, Sr., H; Jen Crawford, Sr., S/H; Amanda Pfeifle, Jr., S; Kathie Deal, Jr., S; Katie Newberger, Jr., D.

Outlook: Hageman takes over after coaching JV for a couple of years and her goal is to boost the record over .500. The Wolverines were young last year, but return several key players, including 5-8 Liggett and 5-6 Crawford.

Woodlawn Warriors

1995 record: 4-8.

Coach: Dave Shreiner.

Top players: Alisa Nelson, Sr., H; Alana Johnson, Jr., S; Tiffany Fennoy, Sr., D; Stacie Allen, So., H; Erica Berndsen, Sr., S; Treva Brady, Sr., H.

Outlook: The Warriors had a rebuilding season last year and now appear to have all the tools to make a big move in Division II. Last year, they lost a lot of tight matches and Shreiner said this group is much better with a year's experience.

Preseason Poll

1. Centennial

2. Severna Park

3. Mount Hebron

4. Dulaney

5. Francis Scott Key

6. Perry Hall

7. Glenelg

8. Loch Raven

9. Catonsville

10. Glen Burnie

11. Broadneck

12. North Carroll

13. South River

14. Mercy

15. Oakland Mills

Preview schedule

Tomorrow -- Football.

Sunday -- Cross country, golf

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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