Zimmer reaches 1,000-kill milestone

October 19, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

North Hagerstown senior Kate Zimmer reached a major personal milestone Thursday night, notching the 1,000th kill of her prep career in the Hubs' gym.

Even better, Zimmer's milestone moment came when North needed it most, in the middle of Game 5 as the Hubs had to fend off Frederick for an 11-25, 25-16, 25-19, 27-29, 15-3 victory in the MVAL Piedmont.

"Frederick was a good team tonight and it could have gone either way," North coach Megan Crawford said. "Everyone got pumped up (when Zimmer reached the milestone). It was a good thing. We had more emotion then than we had all night."

Zimmer, the 2006 Herald-Mail Player of the Year who will play for the University of Maryland beginning next fall, entered Thursday's contest with 980 career kills and finished the match with 20 to hit 1,000 on the nose.


"It was awesome," Zimmer said. "I never had even considered it or thought about it until my coach told me I was close. When you're out there playing, you don't think about how many kills you have, you think about how many points you need to win the game. It was a huge shock and very exciting to me."

Hannah Boward had 31 assists Thursday and is next in line for a potential personal milestone - 1,000 assists. She stands at 911 for her career.

"She's setting up the offense and gotten a lot smarter as the year's gone on," Crawford said. "We run a 5-1 and it's in her hands."

The Hubs (11-1, 3-0) are a win away from claiming the Piedmont championship for themselves, but the last roadblock could be tough - a visit to rival South Hagerstown (9-4, 2-1), which can force a three-way tie atop the league with Middletown with a victory.

"It's going to depend on us playing consistent, playing our game and not letting up," Crawford said. "We tend to get some points and let down and give up some points."

"North-South is always a tough match," Rebels coach Chuck Weaver said Monday night. "It's a rivalry, it's bragging rights, it's a big match no matter what's at stake."

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