North wins opener - Ace to Zimmer

September 08, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

When it comes to class, Kaitlin Zimmer proved it doesn't only mean what grade she's in.

Zimmer, a 6-foot-3 1/2 freshman, gave some evidence of why she is playing varsity volleyball with 10 kills and three blocks to lead North Hagerstown to a 3-1 victory over Westminster Tuesday in her first high school match.

The Hubs took the season-opening victory by sweeping the last two games, 25-12, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19.

"I think that our win was awesome," Zimmer said. "All of the work that we did finally paid off. We still have some little things to work on. We have the potential to go a long way, if we keep doing well."

Zimmer joined forces with five seniors and in the start for the Hubs.

North Hagerstown coach Corry Eagler was impressed in the way Zimmer started her high school career.

"Kaitlin Zimmer is coming along good," Eagler said. "We have to remember that she is young. She does a good job of hanging with the amount of seniors that we have on the team. She has great potential, because right now she is extremely eager to learn and she knows plays as well as older players."


Zimmer got plenty of help from her teammates in the win. Lindsey Grove had 20 digs, 13 service points and five aces for North, while Ariel Kifer added 47 digs and 13 kills. Tracy Hinkle added nine kills and nine service points, Katie Plume had 12 service points and Brooke Ward had nine service points in the win.

"I feel much better than last year," Eagler said. "It was a hard-fought win and a good one for us to start with to gain confidence. I am happy with our level of skill this early in the season. The key was keeping our enthusiasm high. Whoever is loudest normally wins. Our blocking always needs to be improved. But overall I am happy with our play at the net."

Amber Rex led Westminster with 19 service points.

North Hagerstown jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the first game to coast to the win before Westminster squeezed out a win in the second game on a game-ending, stuffed block by Kristen Bloomfield.

Grove served for the final three points, including a game-ending ace, to give the Hubs the victory in the third game.

Grove also served for four straight points during the fourth game to give the Hubs a 12-6 lead as they went on to seal the match.

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