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North simmers victory as Zimmer stirs pot

September 12, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO - Kate Zimmer said all the right things Tuesday.

After the 2006 Herald-Mail Player of the Year took center stage in leading North Hagerstown back from a two-game deficit to a 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-10 victory over Boonsboro, Zimmer refused to take all the credit.

"I think the whole team worked hard to come back," the senior said. "We showed what we can do Saturday (in winning he McConnellsburg Lady Spartan Tournament), and we really wanted this match, so we pulled through together. ... I couldn't do it without (setter) Hannah (Boward) or the passers. I'm only as good as the setter, and she can't get it to me without good passes."

Score one for political correctness. But the team worked because Zimmer worked.

The truth - proven by the numbers - is that Zimmer put her team on her back and willed them to victory.

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Zimmer finished with 36 kills - an astounding 7.2 per game - and 10 blocks. Minta Lovell had seven kills for North (4-0). That's the Hubs' entire offensive stat line.

"We knew, honestly, what we were getting into," Warriors coach Andrea Parry said. "When you have a girl that's 6-2 at the net and has an advantage like that, she hits over people.

"But that wasn't the determining factor," Parry added. "We were not moving our feet. We were back on our heels instead of on our toes ready to move."

Boonsboro (2-1) won the first two games behind its diversity, using a recently installed 6-2 set to its advantage. Tara Garver used her jump serve for six aces, set up points and finished them. She finished with 13 kills and 20 assists.

"She's really important to this team," Parry said. "She's an excellent all-around player who knows the game very well. She's a good setter and attacker, which is why we switched to the 6-2, to have her as a hitter."

Garver was far from the only Warrior to have success. Alison Griffith had 11 kills, Emma Dalton six and Katie Gantz five, while Becca Demers added nine assists.

"The fact I can put anyone on the court in almost any position is great," Parry said. "I have so many options and I try to mix things up. We're not dependent on any one hitter, so teams are not certain where the ball's going to go."

But the combination of Zimmer and the Warriors' fatigue coming off a five-game victory over South Hagerstown on Monday - in which Boonsboro rallied from its own two-game deficit - swung the match around.

Zimmer had 11 kills in Game 3, eight in Game 4 and six more in the shorter Game 5.

"When she needed to put the ball down, she did. She found the holes," Hubs coach Megan Crawford said. "We've been working on a 5-1 in practice. Hannah's getting there, and she's getting smarter. Minta had some key hits and got some big kills when we needed them."

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