Player of the year
Bailey Webster, St. Paul's
The junior led St. Paul's to a 22-1 record and the Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and private schools championships. Webster, 6 feet 3, is being heavily recruited by major Division I volleyball programs, and is being considered for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award. Webster finished the year with 472 kills, an average of 6.38 kills per game. She had the ability to take over a game with her tremendous vertical leap and also contributed 50 blocks and 32 aces. When the Gators needed a spark, they often got it from Webster. In the IAAM title game, she contributed 25 kills and three blocks in a three-game sweep of Archbishop Spalding, the only team to beat the Gators during the regular season. She added 34 kills, three blocks and 11 digs in a 3-1 win over Good Counsel for the private schools crown. "I've been coaching for a long time, and Bailey is a once-in-a-lifetime player for me," St. Paul's coach Kelli Wilkinson said. "She's a great student, and the things she's accomplished this year in volleyball are truly amazing."
Coach of the year
With his enthusiastic style, he led the Bruins to their fourth state title in his 10 years as their coach. Since taking over at Broadneck, he has led the Bruins to eight consecutive regional championships. The Bruins won each of their final three matches (the regional final against Leonardtown, the state semifinal against Dulaney, and the state championship game against Montgomery County's Wootton) by 3-2 scores. His career record at Broadneck is 158-36. Beans, who was also The Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year in 2000, took up volleyball in the military and got into coaching with various volleyball clubs in the area in the late 1980s. He also served as a volleyball referee. After a stint as an assistant coach at Delaware State University in Dover, he took over the Anne Arundel Community College team and then came to Broadneck as a junior varsity coach. He took over the varsity full-time in 1998. He still coaches both the Broadneck and community college programs, and also won a regional title at the college level this year. "I believe that you have to make it fun for the girls," Beans said. "We've accomplished so much, and this year's team was very special. I am very fortunate to be in the situation that I'm in and to be blessed with these girls."
Archbishop Spalding, hitter
Galligan led a team that finished second in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference and handed champion St. Paul's its only loss of the year. Her floor leadership was key for a team that lost only four matches (18-4) while competing in the tough A Conference. Galligan, a senior, contributed 168 kills, 18 blocks, 48 aces and a .940 serve percentage for the Cavaliers. She has played on the Spalding varsity for the past two years and served as the team's co-captain this year. Her coach, Scott Rombach, credits her versatility as a major factor in his team's success. She is undecided on a college, but is looking to play volleyball.
The senior led the Gators to their first state title in any team sport, as Reservoir defeated Huntingtown, 3-0, to win the Class 3A state crown. One of the best all-around players in the area, Huffman played in all of Reservoir's 84 games this year and contributed 302 kills and 168 digs. Her 267 passes set up much of the offense for the Gators, who finished 21-0 and ranked No. 1 in The Sun's poll. She contributed 12 kills and 12 digs in the 2A state championship match. Huffman, who also plays basketball and softball for Reservoir, wants to play all three sports in college next season. A four-year starter for Reservoir, she was the Gators' co-captain this season and has a 3.7 grade point average.
Jordan's play and leadership was a major reason the Bruins captured the Class 4A state title. The senior contributed 18 digs in the state championship match against Montgomery County's Wootton, and her 222 digs on the season led Broadneck to a 21-1 record. Bruins coach Romonzo Beans credits Jordan's leadership with helping the young Bruins win their last three matches in the playoffs, all by 3-2 scores. She also recorded 24 serving aces this season. She hopes to play volleyball in college, but is undecided on a school.
The defensive specialist for the Class 3A state champion, Kuper made contributions that were often overlooked. Her 321 digs led the Gators and set up much of the Reservoir offense. She had the ability to cover a lot of the court and play defense. The senior contributed 586 passes, which also led the team. Her 12 digs in the state championship match helped give Reservoir its first-ever state title. A co-captain, Kuper also plays lacrosse and is looking to attend a four-year college and play volleyball.
River Hill, hitter
One of the best all-around players in the area, Lee led the Hawks to the Class 2A state semifinals with her towering presence at the net. She recorded a Howard County-best 413 kills and 179 digs in 69 games. She was also a factor from the back line, where she served at 87 percent with 49 aces. Known for her powerful diagonal kills, Lee routinely took over games. A three-year starter for the Hawks, Lee will attend the University of Maryland on a volleyball scholarship next year.
Severna Park, hitter
Lilley was a key reason Severna Park upset heavily favored Broadneck to win the Anne Arundel County championship. Her 24 digs in that match were a career high. Her coach, Jamie Leventry, said that her work ethic and ability to play anywhere on the floor is what sets her apart. The senior three-year starter finished with 118 kills and 111 digs, both of which led her team. She also served at 88 percent during the year for the Falcons (15-2). Volleyball is a secondary sport for Lilley, who will attend St. Francis (Pa.) on a full basketball scholarship next year.
A four-year starter, Parry led Catonsville with 454 assists and 65 digs. The senior was a right-side hitter her first two years before switching to setter as a junior. Her leadership was a prime reason the Comets went 14-3 and hosted the Class 3A North regional championship, where they took Towson to five games before falling. She also contributed 112 service aces and 95 kills this season. Parry, who wants to play volleyball at a four-year college, has been offered several academic scholarships, including one from the University of Nebraska.