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North pays visit to Maryland, but Zimmer will call it home

November 15, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Because of North Hagerstown's performance on the volleyball court this season, senior Kate Zimmer and the rest of her teammates have enjoyed one trip to the University of Maryland already this week and will make another trip Saturday for the Class 2A championship game.

Because of her own performance, Zimmer will make many, many more trips to College Park in the next four years.

Zimmer, a 6-foot-4 middle hitter and the 2006 Herald-Mail Player of the Year, signed a letter of intent to play for the Terrapins on a full scholarship in a ceremony in North's library on Wednesday.

"I want to thank my parents, thank God and all my teammates," Zimmer said. "I want to thank my friends and family and the community for all the support.

"I haven't been thinking about this the last few days, I've been thinking about states and the big game yesterday. I've been working for a very long time in training, and it's all paid off."

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Zimmer was averaging 5.13 kills and 1.08 blocks per game entering Monday's Class 2A state semifinal match against River Hill - she had 28 more in the Hubs' four-game victory. She averaged 4.42 kills, 2.17 blocks and 4.01 digs in 2006.

"It has been a pleasure to coach her the last two years," North coach Megan Crawford said. "She is very intelligent on and off the court ... and she has improved tremendously. ... She's the one that's done it. I put (the players) out there in position to succeed, and I'm glad she's done it."

On and off the court, Zimmer has had her eyes on her future for a while.

"When I was in eighth grade, this might sound dorky, but I made a list of all the schools academically and athletically," said Zimmer, who considered Pepperdine, Texas, Penn State and Duke before settling on Maryland.

Zimmer plans on taking a double major, one of them Government and Politics, and continuing her education at Georgetown Law School after finishing at Maryland.

But first, there's one final act left in her high school career. North (18-1) will face Rising Sun (15-3), the Class 1A champions last year, at noon Saturday for the 2A title.

"I'm really excited for my team," Zimmer said. "We're all so excited, I've been high-fiving my teammates in the hallways today."

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