1999 FALL SPORTS PREVIEW; VOLLEYBALL

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Arlington Baptist Eagles (11-5)

Coach: Liz Byers

Outlook: Last year's Association of Independent Schools B Division champs move into the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Division with three starters back -- setters Lori Veasel and Julie Barber and hitter Jocelyn Johnson.

Beth Tfiloh Warriors (9-2)

Coach: Sonya Howell

Outlook: The Warriors may be the team to beat in the IAAM B Division, led by sisters Becky (Soph.) and Nina Auster (Sr.), and setter Lisa Milliman.

Catonsville Comets (9-3)

Coach: Debbie Clem

Outlook: The Comets should remain among the county's top teams behind middle hitter Danni Packer and outside hitters Melissa Junker, Carol Schmoeller and Tina Tacka. Setting is a question with Adina Henson just back from a broken ankle.

Chesapeake Bayhawks (2-13)

Coach: Kelley Powell

Outlook: New coach Powell hopes to use her experience as a middle hitter at Loch Raven and Williams College to mold a young squad. The varsity roster includes five seniors and 16 juniors, most up from a strong JV.

Dulaney Lions

Coach: Ian Blanchard (17-1)

Outlook: The county champs still pack a wallop. With returning hitters Lindsay Lawson, Heather Hourihan and Leanne Costa and setter Erin Reinhardt, the Lions will make a run at advancing past last year's Class 4A state semifinal appearance.

Dundalk Owls (6-7)

Coach: Amanda Barnes (9-17 career)

Outlook: The Owls won three more games last year than they did in 1997. Barnes is looking to continue that trend and get past the second round of the regionals. The roster boasts six seniors, including setter Natalie Romano, middle hitter Julia Miller, and outside hitter Jackie Sell.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

Coach: Wrae Wene (8-4)

Outlook: The veteran Mavericks are looking forward to facing some of the county's best teams with divisions having been divided. Middle hitter Leilani Jones could emerge as one of the county's best. Middle hitter Jessica Laing and setter Kristine Rhymer also return.

Franklin Indians (8-6)

Coach: Kim Glancy

Outlook: A learning year for the Indians and their new coach. Four seniors return -- setter Jessica Germeroth, outside hitter Abbie Messinger, and defensive specialists Candi Lloyd and Jennifer Patton.

Hereford Bulls (17-2)

Coach: Pat Pilson

Outlook: The Bulls lost only two players who helped the squad make the state quarterfinals last season. Pilson will have eight seniors with at least three years of varsity experience, including middle hitter Tara Clarke, outside hitter Rachel Wilke, and setter Stacey Ensor.

Kenwood Bluebirds (1-13)

Coach: Angie Navarro

Outlook: Navarro is no stranger to leading the Bluebirds, who she coached in 1997. She inherits seven returning starters, including setter Kristen Blackburn, defensive specialist Kim Bauer, and middle hitter Tammie Dively.

Lansdowne Vikings (NA)

Coach: Diarmad Bash

Outlook: The defense has been there, but Bash sees potential on attack. Outside hitter Laura Happel, one of the division's premier blockers, hopes to rebound from knee surgery. She will be joined by setter Tiffani Wheeler, backcourt specialist Stephanie Bosley and all-court player Katie Tickel.

Loch Raven Raiders (15-3)

Coach: Carol McPherson

Outlook: McPherson expects a rebuilding year, with just one starter, middle hitter Megan Mattingly, also the team's only club player.

McDonogh Eagles (22-2)

Coach: Ginger Gelston

Outlook: The Eagles return veteran middle hitters Natalie Brooks and Kate Hyatt and setter Rachel Urban. Although the Eagles, who won last year's AIS A Division regular-season title, are young, they should contend in the IAAM A Division.

Mount Carmel Cougars (14-5)

Coach: Linda Richard

Outlook: Richard, who takes over from Debbie Hanley, the City/County Coach of the Year, likes the players' attitude. Tiesha Gross and Lindsay Tegeler are the two returning seniors and are the nucleus for a team -- with 15 up from JV -- that should again do well. This will be a learning year for both the players and Baker, who last coached a men's recreation-league team.

Milford Mill Millers (5-7)

Coach: Pam Wright

Outlook: Wright lost five seniors from last season's squad but is still aiming for a .500 record. Outside hitter Mandakova Clark and setters Kristen Smith and Precious Wright -- all seniors -- will try to grant their coach's wish.

Oldfields (4-8)

Coach: Beth Beers Franks

Outlook: Despite graduating five seniors, Franks expects her team to be competitive in the IAAM B Division. Veteran setter Yoko Hsieh returns along with hitters Sarah Phelps, Tamara Speaks, Stephanie Stelmach and Greta Styles.

Overlea Falcons (2-10)

Coach: Wendy Roelof-Swalla

Outlook: Roelof-Swalla, last year's assistant coach, takes the reins from Kathy Luby, who has stepped down to the assistant coach position to spend more time with her infant. Blessed with height, the Falcons will be led by outside hitter Diana Kowalski, setter Stacy Stidham, and all-court player Andrea Pospisil.

Owings Mills Eagles (12-5)

Coach: Lisa Meyer

Outlook: The Eagles should again be a contender in Baltimore County behind the all-around talents of junior Kallie Wasserman, a setter and outside hitter. Although they haven't as much varsity experience as some other teams, Meyer's junior class is filled with club veterans.

Parkville Knights (8-5)

Coach: Donald German Jr.

Outlook: The Knights won five of their final six games last season, and German hopes to continue that trend this fall. Seven players return from last year's squad, including middle hitter Tiffany Vaughan and setter Sherri Ravenzahn, who also served up 52 aces. Last season was the Knights's first above-.500 record.

Patapsco Patriots (NA)

Coach: Shannon Needham

Outlook: Rookie coach Needham says the team's strong points will be height and the offense. But the squad is relatively young, and Needham will look to outside hitters Chrissy Baublitz and Amber Knickman and middle hitter Amy Sibiski to provide senior leadership.

Perry Hall Gators (2-13)

Coach: Pam Wilt

Outlook: The Gators have a promising junior class and some experience, but they remain young and lack height. Setter Melissa Grap, hitter/setter Jenn Chilcoat and hitter Eun Lim are top returnees.

Randallstown Rams (1-13)

Coach: Dee Ellis

Outlook: The Rams have had only one win in the past two years, but Ellis believes that her bench is the deepest it's ever been. The team boasts nine juniors on its roster. Outside hitter Monique Mason, defensive specialist Lorie Taylor, and setters Angel Brathwaite and Monica Hamilton will make significant contributions.

St. Paul's Crusaders (10-4)

Coach: Kim Radle

Outlook: The league runners-up last year, the Crusaders return only two players. Radle isn't too upset, though, because she will draw from an undefeated JV. Lexi Kanauff and Jennie Taylor are the heart of the team and must pass their determination on if the Crusaders are to approach last year's record.

Sparrows Point Pointers (5-9)

Coach: Melissa Svendsen

Outlook: With seven returning varsity players, rookie coach Svendsen said the Pointers have the potential to win the regionals. Serving remains an important offensive weapon as hitter Meghan Booth and setters Michele Stallings and Amanda Boggs each placed at least 83 percent of their serves in play.

Towson Generals (8-7)

Coach: Jayne Lacy

Outlook: The Generals could be the fastest rising team in the county with three returning starters, four girls who have played on the same club team and several talented youngsters. Outside hitters 5-10 Marie Desmarais, 5-6 Rosie Ano and 5-9 Jenny Stiltz and middle hitter 5-10 Ami Alexander provide the power.

Towson Catholic Owls (6-7)

Coach: Carol Brown

Outlook: Lacking a gym, the Owls got off to a late start, and Brown doesn't know what to expect. The team lost five players to graduation, but seniors Alicia Aybar, Erica Haywood, and Barb Hensel return to lead a solid nucleus. How well the young players learn the offense will have a lot to do with how the Owls do this season.

Western STES Wolverines (3-12)

Coach: Michael Moynihan

Outlook: The Wolverines will enter the season without two of its best players. Jacqueline Pundt has decided to concentrate on basketball, and Hue Truong is out with a bad knee. Setter Abbey Yeske, outside hitter Elizabeth Inserto, and middle hitter Susan Harrison are the top returning players.

Woodlawn Warriors (6-6)

Coach: Cindy Robinson

Outlook: Rookie coach Robinson concedes that this year is a rebuilding one after the school graduated all six starters from last season's squad. She will rely on outside hitter Michel Ayers and co-setters Ashley Cox and Brandi Reavis to forge another .500 record.

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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