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Terps give Zimmer her dream

April 19, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Ever since she attended her first volleyball camp at the University of Maryland a couple of years ago, Kate Zimmer dreamed of playing volleyball for the Terps.

The North Hagerstown sophomore never imagined that Maryland would make that dream a reality so soon.

"I went down on an official visit two weeks ago and they offered it to me right on campus," said Zimmer, who happily gave the Terps a verbal agreement to don their colors starting in the fall of 2008.

It's extremely rare for a college to commit to a player this early, and Zimmer is thankful for and appreciative of the offer.

"It's been my first choice ever since I can remember," said Zimmer, who has played volleyball since third grade. "My family has connections and I love the campus. I know a lot of the coaches down there and I just love it. ... It's a relief. It's a dream come true. I've been working for so long for this and I didn't expect it to happen so soon. It's amazing to have the pressure off your chest, and now I can just go out and play."

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Zimmer, a 6-foot-3 middle hitter, was a 2005 All-Area First Team selection after averaging an area-best 4.47 kills per game for the Hubs. She also averaged 2.73 digs and 1.37 blocks per game.

Zimmer also travels with the Tri-State FCA 17U Malachi team, coached by Hagerstown Community College coaches James and Beth Domenico - who Zimmer thanked, along with former club coach Denny Stoner, her parents and God.

"She's talked about Maryland. She goes to all those Maryland camps and she's talked about it for a while," James Domenico said. "The club scene is a big help for colleges. She travels down to Baltimore and Maryland's coaches see her. I know that this was her first goal, to go there not only for volleyball but also for school."

Kate's father, Chip Zimmer, was the assistant athletic director at Maryland during the late 1970s and early '80s - though he said that had little to do with his daughter's decision.

"It wasn't any influence that we had on her," he said. "Since seventh grade, she wanted to go to Duke, she was just enamored with them. ... But when she went to Maryland's camp two years ago, she just liked that so much better."

Zimmer said she plans to major in political science at Maryland.

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