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Arundel's Alicia Eldredge sets the ball for a teammate in the Class 4A state final volleyball match at Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.
Arundel's Alicia Eldredge sets the ball for a teammate in the Class 4A state final volleyball match at Maryland's Ritchie Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

For anyone who spent time watching the Arundel volleyball team, it wasn’t hard to pick out the leader. The Wildcats ran a high-powered offense this year, but Alicia Eldredge was the one who made it click. Her distribution of the ball as a setter was a major reason for the team’s success.

Though not a starter as a freshman, Eldredge made varsity all four years at the Gambrills school. She grew into her role as a setter and continued to improve every year.

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For All-Metro Coach of the Year Ed Benish, a trip to the Class 3A State championship for his Westminster volleyball team was a nice surprise, but it wasn’t the main goal.

“She was our leader on the court,” Wildcats coach Ashley Yuscavage said. “She was experienced and composed, and kept the team together when things went a little crazy.”

Though the No. 1 Wildcats (19-1) lost to Northwest of Montgomery County in the Class 4A state final, Eldredge had 37 assists in the match to lead Arundel. For the season, she had 446 assists, 115 kills, 167 digs and 65 aces.

“What set Alicia apart was her willingness to sacrifice for her team,” Yuscavage said. “She always gave all she had, and set a great example for her teammates.”

Eldredge, who is the school’s all-time assists leader with 1,333, will attend Division II Edinboro, where she will play volleyball next season.

Check out The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro volleyball first and second teams.

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