Last season: 18-2, ranked No. 1
Skinny: The Eagles have won more state titles (nine) than any other team, and are going for their fifth straight behind junior Lindsay Feller and senior Carolyn Dougherty.
Last season: 20-0, No. 3
Skinny: The Lions, who return four players with starting experience, haven't lost a game to a Baltimore County opponent in two years.
3. Severna Park
Last season: 15-4, No. 4
Skinny: The Falcons have won five straight Anne Arundel County titles and 11 out of the last 13, and are favored again this season behind first-year coach Justin McCabe.
4. Mount Hebron
Last season: 12-4, No. 6
Skinny: The Vikings will start a freshman setter, but seniors Allison Pikounis and Norah Burdette should provide leadership on and off the court.
5. River Hill
Last season: 18-3, No. 2
Skinny: The Hawks graduated their top two hitters, but the experience of setter Sarah Albert and the height of sisters Krystal Jacobson (6-0, junior) and Stephanie Jacobson (6-1, freshman) will make them competitive.
6. Francis Scott Key
Last season: 17-3, No. 5
Skinny: Class 2A state finalists last season, the Eagles have four-year setter Carrie Ness and 6-foot hitters Samantha Stambaugh and Adria Stonesifer.
Last season: 13-4, No. 13
Skinny: A trio of three-year starters - Leslie Chandler, Kelly Moore and Melissa Scott - will make the Wildcats tough to beat.
Last season: 10-3, No. 7
Skinny: The Bruins, whose three losses last season were to Severna Park, will challenge the Falcons again behind setter Nicole Barr.
Last season: 16-4, No. 10
Skinny: The Generals should be strong again despite having only two seniors.
10. C. Milton Wright
Last season: 17-1, No. 11
Skinny: All-Harford County seniors Hayley North and Elizabeth Anderson will lead the Mustangs.
11. Bel Air
Last season: 12-5, NR
Skinny: Bobcats return starters Nadia Mohandeffi and Megan Arnold from team that reached Class 3A state semifinals.
Last season: 14-4, No. 14
Skinny: A mix of returning veterans and newcomers from a solid junior varsity team will key the Comets.
Last season: 13-6, NR
Skinny: Experience and depth should improve the Magic's fortunes this season.
Last season: 14-2, No. 12
Skinny: Despite having only two seniors, sophomore setter Jessy Morgan and her teammates should be good again.
Last season: 13-3, NR
Skinny: Senior Ericka Butler hopes to carry the Doves to a fourth straight city title.