Zimmer stands tall for North

September 27, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Kate Zimmer got some net results on Tuesday.

Zimmer, a 6-foot-3 1/2 middle hitter, had 10 kills and seven blocks to help North Hagerstown to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-17 sweep of Smithsburg in an MVAL Antietam volleyball match.

"I think the team did really well," Zimmer said. "We have been working on setting up blocks in practice. I think that I played a major part in that and my team backed me up. We just look for the open spots that we can get."

Zimmer did her part in other spots than just at the net with nine digs and seven service points.

Hannah Boward contributed 14 assists, 13 service points and nine digs, while Karli Powers added eight assists, eight digs and eight service points for North (6-1, 2-0). Jen Bowlus came up with 15 digs and six service points, Brooke Powell got nine kills and six digs and Kierra Nelson had four kills and four blocks for the Hubs.


"The girls are working hard and playing well as a team," North coach Megan Crawford said. "Kate Zimmer played well at the net. She was a force at the net tonight. Brooke Powell stepped it up tonight. She was a leader and played an overall great game. Smithsburg didn't let anything fall. They are a very scrappy team."

Jenny Nalley collected 11 kills, nine digs and eight service points for Smithsburg (1-5, 0-1). Valerie Smith got 18 assists, Mollie Kieffer added nine digs and Kaylin Kloos had six kills for the Leopards.

"We came out flat," Smithsburg coach Rachel Bachtell said. "It took us about nine points to wake up. We really turned it on in the first game and made it a close game. The second game was also close. The points just didn't go our way. We are a young team and our underclassmen are gaining confidence with each match. We are coming together and getting better with every match."

Boward served for the first seven points in the first game to give the Hubs a 7-0 lead. Zimmer got two kills and two blocks during that spurt. The Leopards came back to tie the score at 18-18. But the Hubs then pulled out the victory, which had a game-ending kill by Minta Lovell.

Boward had the last three service points in the second game and Zimmer had a game-ending kill.

Zimmer reeled off four service points in a row in the third game to give the Hubs a 20-13 lead and sealed the match shortly after that.

Smithsburg won the JV match, 2-1.

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