Aberdeen Eagles

1998 record: 6-8

Coach: Janie Robinson

Outlook: The Eagles' seven seniors will rally around Robinson, who returned for her last of 26 years as coach. The Eagles won't overpower anyone but have a strong setter, senior Quintessa Johnson, and a strong hitter, senior Terea Smith.

Bel Air Bobcats

1998 record: 11-7

Coach: Amy Sexton

Outlook: The addition of sophomore club players Megan Arnold and Nadia Mohandessi makes the Bobcats a better-rounded group. Returning is strong-side hitter Jill Wittnebel. The Bobcats will get tested right away with a season-opening match against Glenelg.

John Carroll Patriots

1998 record: 9-1

Coach: Greg Cullison

Outlook: The Patriots will likely be better late, because most of the squad get used to varsity play. Cullison is counting on consistent efforts from setter Katie Stotler and server Meredith Fowler, but a finisher must emerge.

Edgewood Rams

1998 record: 7-7

Coach: Debbie Brinkman

Outlook: Brinkman begins with just eight players, and the Rams will rely on defense to generate points.

Fallston Cougars

1998 record: 6-6

Coach: Jennifer Lewis

Outlook: The Cougars need to build some cohesiveness with the influx of several new players. Senior Daniel Hughes is the top hitter, and Kat Getz will handle most of the setting.

Harford Tech

1998 record: Not available

Coach: Angie Wabnum

Outlook: New coach Wabnum has four setters and will use a 6-2 formation in quest of more points. Tabitha Venker is the strongest hitter. Wabnum is pleased by the team's improved defense.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1998 record: 6-9

Coach: Pete Leon-Gurrero

Outlook: The Warriors' progress will come in improving basic skills. Three sophomores will start, but Leon-Gurrero has a good setter-hitter combination, seniors Mary Stephens and Keri Mentzer, respectively.

Joppatowne Mariners

1998 record: 12-3

Coach: Al Reeves

Outlook: The Mariners lack a strong finisher, but Reeves likes his chances toward a push for a county title. Middle hitters Shiree Turner (6-foot-4) and Crystal Webster (6-1) provide height, Whitney Gray is a strong server, and the second unit is deep. The Mariners will have to work more for points with Reeves switching to a 5-1 system built around serving and passing.

North Harford Hawks

1998 record: 8-7

Coach: Scott Guckert

Outlook: With backcourt play improved, the Hawks will attack more with big hitters Kelsey Guckert and Crystal Morgan, both seniors. Sophomore Kristen Spargas figures to play a big role at setter.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1998 record: 15-6

Coach: Kim Mayforth

Outlook: The Mustangs, who lost to Thomas Johnson in the state semifinals last season, bring some power. Senior Megan Hube is one of the area's top hitters who had 126 kills last season. She should get more opportunities with the addition of setter Hayley North, a transfer from South Carolina. With the move to Class 4A, Mayforth said the Mustangs must get better in transition.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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