Centennial, last year's Maryland 3A champion, returns several key starters -- including second-team All-Met setter Jen Feldmann -- and top reserves from a 20-0 team that shared the top spot in the final Post poll. The Eagles' early-season successes include a sweep of 4A champion Broadneck. . . . Senior setter Alex Sita is back to lead Huntingtown, which reached the Maryland 3A semifinals in the school's first year. . . . Huntingtown's county rival Calvert will try to regain its championship form behind All-Met middle hitter Whitney Johnson and setter Sarah Cobaugh. The Cavaliers won the 3A state title in 2003, but were upset by Atholton in last year's 2A South Region final. . . . Standing in Calvert's way could be Carroll County power Liberty, which has won 40 straight matches and the past two 2A state titles. . . . Atholton brings back all six starters, including five players at least 5 feet 11, and fellow Howard County school Reservoir welcomes back four starters from the team that reached the 2A state semifinals. . . . In Montgomery, Maryland 4A runner-up Magruder is expected to be strong with the return of 6-1 senior hitters Taylor Hergott and Becca Russell. . . . Gaithersburg should challenge in Division 1 behind senior setter Amanda Krampf. . . . Sherwood junior outside hitter Katie Opal leads the Bulldogs, who won last weekend's Magruder tournament, which included a victory over the host school. . . . Defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion St. John's brings back senior outside hitter Kristen Dozier, who competed in the Junior National Championships this past summer and helped her team to a second-place finish in its division. . . . Paul VI Catholic will challenge with five seniors returning, including setters Kim Clum and Carol Opiela. . . . Maret, Independent School League AA tournament runner-up, will feature junior setter Rachel Profit and senior outside hitter Laura Davidson.
-- Daniel Lyght and Judith Evans