Zimmer simmers, Hubs sizzle

December 15, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

"aaaaaaaAAAAAHH BOOM!"

That was the sound of the North Hagerstown student section at volleyball matches this season, which they made whenever 6-foot-3 senior Kate Zimmer ripped into another kill attempt.

Zimmer - the 2007 Herald-Mail All-Area and Washington County Volleyball Player of the Year - passed the 1,000-kill milestone this season, finishing with 1,195 in her brilliant career. She also led the Hubs to the Maryland Class 2A state final for the first time since 1998.

But it was the support of her teammates, coaches and classmates that made this season special for Zimmer, who will take her talents to the University of Maryland next fall.


"Senior Night against Clear Spring was probably the best Senior Night match we've had," Zimmer said. "The school was awesome. We had people coming up to us in the hallways. They were behind us more than in the past.

"This has been the best year I have ever played volleyball, just because of the girls. That's what we'll miss most is seeing each other every day."

Zimmer - who won the All-Area Player of the Year honor for the second straight season - averaged 5.45 kills, 1.12 blocks and 3.71 digs en route to MVAL Piedmont first-team honors.

At times, she was simply unstoppable. She had more than 30 kills in a match four times this season - including a career-high 37 in the Class 2A West final against Middletown - and finished with 20 or more kills in a match six other times.

"Even from this summer to now, I feel more confident," Zimmer said, "and I think that comes with the support of the coach and the team. That gives me internal confidence."

Hubs coach Megan Crawford said Zimmer led by example.

"She was a leader with her play and the way she played," Crawford said. "She didn't have many games she didn't have a good game. Her trying to keep the girls positive was a big part of it.

"It never seemed like she would get rattled. Even when she did something really off the wall, we'd give her a look and she'd refocus. She doesn't try to do too much she can't do, she stays within her limits. Obviously she has the potential to be very, very good, and I wish her success and the best of luck."

The rest of The Herald-Mail All-Area First Team:

· Steph Addleman, Chambersburg, Sr. middle hitter - The Mid-Penn Commonwealth MVP averaged 2.47 kills and 1.53 blocks per game.

· A'leese Dickerson, McConnellsburg, So., middle hitter - She averaged 3.25 kills per game and was selected to the Sideling Hill League first team.

· Kortney Eshleman, Greencastle-Antrim, Sr., setter - The Mid-Penn Capital MVP averaged 6.61 assists and 1.09 kills per game for the Blue Devils.

· Lindsay Hadley, Hedgesville, Sr., outside hitter - A first-team selection to the Apple Valley League, West Virginia writers' and all-state squads, Hadley led the Eagles to the Class AAA semifinals and averaged 3.54 kills and 2.44 digs per game.

· Gillian Hollen, Waynesboro, Sr., middle hitter - She averaged 3.33 kills and 1.52 blocks per game and was selected to the Mid-Penn Colonial first team.

· Katie Kees, Musselman, Sr., middle hitter - She earned West Virginia writers' and all-state second-team honors after averaging 2.81 kills and 1.07 blocks for the Applemen. An Apple Valley League first-team honoree.

· Devin Kesecker, Hedgesville, Sr., setter - She finished second in the Tri-State area with her 8.51 assists-per-game average and was selected to the Apple Valley League first team.

· Erica Manor, Musselman, Jr., outside hitter - She led the area with her 5.58 kills-per-game average, led the Applemen to the West Virginia Class AAA final for the first time ever and was selected to the Apple Valley League, West Virginia writers' and all-state first teams.

· Rebecca Morgan, Grace Academy, Sr., outside hitter - The Mason Dixon Christian Conference MVP averaged 4.80 kills per game for the Knights.

· Krista Plumer, Hedgesville, Sr., libero - Plumer averaged 3.94 digs per game and was an Apple Valley League first-team and West Virginia writers' all-state second-team selection.

· Chelsea Wheaton, Musselman, Sr., setter - She led the Tri-State area with her 10.26 assists-per-game average and 119 aces and was selected to the Apple Valley League, West Virginia writers' and all-state first teams.

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