Bryn Mawr Mawrtians (6-10)
Coach: Neil Gabbey
Outlook: Eight players return from last fall's "growing season," including three-year starters Erin Bellamy and Julia Brant, whom Gabbey calls anchors. Gabbey says the team serves and passes well and will be fundamentally strong. Improved junior Jen Brookland will have a significant role.
Carver Bears (9-2)
Coach: Cynthia Tyson
Outlook: New coach Tyson will be stressing fundamentals as the Bears rebuild. She will rely on junior Ebony Scott, the only returning player, to help tutor a group up from JV.
Catholic Cubs (7-11)
Coach: Nichole Jones
Outlook: Returnees Katie Mahoney and Kristen Topper will be asked to show the way for an unusually tall team.
City Knights (10-3)
Coach: Linda Holmes
Outlook: The Knights return only two players -- seniors Erica Brown and Krystal Bent -- after finishing second last fall to Western in its division.
Douglass Ducks (5-5)
Coach: John Robinson
Outlook: Things are looking up, with a JV last year expected to pay off this year for Robinson, a second-year coach. Senior Shaquannah Shipley and juniors Channel Hill and Paris Perkins will lead the Ducks.
Dunbar Poets (5-8)
Coach: Kevin Furlow
Outlook: With four seniors, Furlow expects a much improved team.
Edmondson Redskins (10-3)
Coach: Anton Sawyer
Outlook: Rebuilding, and a low turnout was not encouraging.
Forest Park Foresters (5-5)
Coach: Greg Warren
Outlook: Sophomores Gloria Briggs and Sheena Booker return to lead what should be an improved team.
Friends Quakers (8-2)
Coach: Staci Barbero
Outlook: The Quakers return their entire team from last season, when they upset McDonogh to win the Association of Independent Schools A Division championship. Seniors Chelsea Kehne, Anouk Erni, Kirsten Cole, and Leslie Wojcik will lead this veteran group, which should be IAAM A Division contenders.
Greater Grace Crusaders (6-12)
Coach: Janice Campbell
Outlook: Campbell expects one of the area's most improved teams, with four seniors, including starters Joanna Hadley, Melody Jipson, and Julie DeLouis, back after last season's learning experience.
Inst. of Notre Dame Indians (8-5)
Coach: Dona Bohlen
Outlook: Virtually the same team is back, led by seniors Katie Riggins, Lindsey Norton and Kristen Pokrywka. Defense will be a strength.
Lake Clifton Lakers (7-5)
Coach: Barbara Bryant
Outlook: Seniors Chrishenda Williams and Faith Moore will captain new coach Bryant's team.
Mercy Magic (17-4)
Coach: Michele Wittgreen
Skinny: The three-time defending Catholic League champions swept Archbishop Spalding for the title last year and should remain at or near the top of the new IAAM despite needing to replace three starters. The Magic's power comes from 5-5 outside hitter Tara Singleton, 5-10 middle hitter Kelli McKee and 5-9 middle/outside hitter Erin McKay.
Mervo Mustangs (6-5)
Coach: Nancy Havranek
Outlook: Turnout has been low. Junior Tobie Ashley, a setter, will be a force, with help from juniors Camella Boyd and Shalynn Harrison.
Northern Vikings (4-6)
Coach: Mary Hughee
Outlook: The Vikings may be the city's most improved team, with camp having helped many players, among them seniors Lameca Crenshaw and Angela Chase.
Northwestern Wildcats (7-5)
Coach: Gary Hines
Outlook: Hines is upbeat with seven players, including team leaders Emma Mirinda and Kahdijah Turnquist, back on a senior-less squad.
Patterson Clippers (8-9)
Coach: Dan Chicorelli
Outlook: Chicorelli is looking for more consistency and a faster start than in the last few years. Seniors Lorianne Lau and Jessica Rote anchor a solid group.
Poly Engineers (9-4)
Coach: Norman Perry
Outlook: Perry is rebuilding, with seniors April Brown and Mia Thomas bright spots. He says the key for the Engineers is to work together and improve.
Roland Park Reds (2-10)
Coach: Scott Master
Outlook: Master's entire junior-dominated team returns, led by junior middle hitter Lauren Dodrill, an AIS All-Star.
Seton Keough (10-7)
Coach: Bill Jones
Outlook: The Gators lost 10 players from last year's team and will be rebuilding with promising young players. Middle hitter Laura Stromberg, setter Kristen DeBoy and outside hitter Marianna Ashton provide the veteran leadership.
Walbrook Warriors (9-7)
Coach: Vanessa Marion
Outlook: The Warriors return just two players for a team led by senior Simone Scott, who Marion says is her best all-around player.
Western Doves (15-2)
Coach: Matt Rushing
Outlook: New coach Rushing inherits a wealth of talent, particularly Ericka Butler and Joy Gorham, both of who Rushing says have looked unstoppable in practice. The Doves look to again be the public-school team to beat.
Pub Date: 9/02/99