PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The 6-foot senior was the main reason the Lions went undefeated for the second straight season and repeated as Class 2A state champions.
Liberty, which had finished as the No. 1 team in The Sun's 2003 poll with a 19-0 record, started this season at No. 1 and again went 19-0 with Krebs again leading the way. The Lions were 57-1 in games this year, with the only loss to South Carroll by 25-23 on Oct. 26.
Krebs set a state tournament record for most kills in a game with nine in the first game of the 2A championship match and finished with a match-high 17.
Her start propelled a sweep of Rising Sun of Cecil County by 25-21, 25-16 and 25-11 to match the 1977-78 Francis Scott Key team as the only Carroll County squads to win back-to-back state titles.
Krebs had 15 kills in Reservoir 25-23, 26-24, 25-21 sweep of Reservoir in the state semifinals to set the stage for the culmination of a marvelous career. Krebs, a two-time Carroll County Player of the Year and two-time All-Metro pick, finished with a school career-record 650 kills, including 232 this season.
After averaging 3.1 kills and serving 93 percent in her junior season, Krebs stepped it up to four kills and 96 percent serving as a senior.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Institute of Notre Dame
With only three club players on his squad, Murray worked his team in the summer heat, putting the emphasis on conditioning and fundamentals. At the same time, he developed team unity that would take the Indians to unprecedented heights.
Murray led IND to the school's first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title in any sport by capturing the A Conference championship and finishing 20-0 and ranked No. 10 by The Sun.
Murray, who is 79-16 (.832) in his five years as coach, built his championship team around All-Metro hitter Brooks Webster.
A repeat All-Metro performer, the 5-foot-7 senior was the Baltimore County Player of the Year after leading the home-schooled Bravehearts to a second straight undefeated season at 19-0.
With 322 kills, Holehouse averaged 5.4 per game and aced 40 percent of her jump serves in leading the Bravehearts to the National Christian Home School Athletic Association title, the Maryland-D.C. Private Schools championship and a 34-0 record over the past two seasons.
While hitting is her forte (.430 hitting efficiency), Holehouse also sparkled defensively and has a knack for breaking down opposing defenses. She signed early with Penn State.
Johnson did not start playing volleyball until ninth grade, but she has developed into one of the area's most prolific hitters.
The 5-foot-11 senior was named Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year this season and is a three-time All-County selection. Ranked No. 61 nationally in Prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces, Johnson intimidated foes with her powerful right arm as she led the No. 6 Wildcats to the county title and 4A East region final with 167 kills for a school career record of 495. She also had 92 blocks and 115 digs.
Johnson has signed with Kansas State.
Phelan played much bigger than her 5-foot-6 height, using her strength, quick feet and sheer athleticism to lead the No. 2 Eagles to the Class 3A state title and a 20-0 season.
Named Howard County's Player of the Year, Phelan led her team in kills with 185, averaging three per game.
The senior had a .493 kill percentage. In roaming all over the court, Phelan also had 243 digs (four per game) and notched 63 aces with her powerful jump serve. Her serve percentage was .870. Phelan had 25 kills in the state playoffs as the Eagles won a record 11th title in 16 years.
A lanky, 6-foot middle hitter with sharp instincts and surprising strength, Webster led the Indians to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title and a 20-0 record.
Webster, the Baltimore City Player of the Year, had 369 kills to lead the metro area in kills per game at 5.5, and her hitting percentage was .502. In addition, the senior had 133 blocks (2.4 per game).
Webster put on quite a show in her final game, a 3-1 victory over Mount de Sales in the IAAM A Conference championship match, unloading 26 kills. Webster signed early with Alabama.
Like a coach on the floor for her mother, CHEN coach Janis Umetin, the 5-foot-5 senior setter possessed quickness, athleticism and good hands that made her an efficient passer. She also has tremendous court vision.
After averaging 9.3 assists per game as a junior on a 15-0 team, Umetin took it to another level this season in CHEN's 19-0 campaign. She easily led the metro area in total assists (641) and assists-per-game average (10.5).
A two-time All-Baltimore City/County setter, Umetin led the Bravehearts to a 50-1 record in games on their independent schedule.
An integral part of the Bruins' third Class 4A state championship in five straight trips to the final, Woods was a powerful hitter and senior leader on the 17-2 team.
A 6-footer with long arms and leaping skills that allowed her to hang in the air until finding a hole, Woods led the No. 3 Bruins in kills with 240 for an average of 3.5 per game. Woods also averaged 3.3 blocks per match.
She had a match-high 17 kills, 11 digs and was 13-for-13 serving in a 3-1 triumph over No. 6 Arundel in the 4A East regional final. In two state playoff victories, Woods totaled 25 kills, and was 9-for-9 serving with three aces in the 3-0 final over Magruder.
Severna Park, junior, hitter
Centennial, senior, hitter
Towson, senior, hitter
Liberty, senior, hitter
Glenelg, senior, hitter
Broadneck, junior, setter
Liberty, senior, setter
Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
1. Liberty 19-0
2. Centennial 20-0
3. Broadneck 17-2
4. CHEN 19-0
5. Towson 16-2
6. Arundel 14-3
7. Glenelg 13-3
8. Severna Park 13-4
9. Mount Hebron 12-5
10. Inst. of Notre Dame 20-0
11. Reservoir 13-6
12. Atholton 11-6
13. Franklin 16-2
14. Dulaney 15-3
15. South River 11-4
Other teams considered: Bel Air (11-3), Catonsville (11-5), Fallston (11-4), McDonogh (16-3), Mount de Sales (15-6).