Photo by Lori PoteetNorth Montgomery head coach and senior Brook Karle pose for a picture in front of friends and family as Karle prepares to sign her letter of intent to play volleyball at Indiana University – Kokomo.
Photo by Lori Poteet

North Montgomery head coach and senior Brook Karle pose for a picture in front of friends and family as Karle prepares to sign her letter of intent to play volleyball at Indiana University – Kokomo.

LINDEN - From a Charger to a Cougar, Montgomery County's Volleyball Player of the Year is headed to Indiana University - Kokomo.

Brook Karle, a North Montgomery senior, signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career Wednesday in front of friends, family and supporters.

"The college came first, but the athletics are great too," Karle said. "They were really close to winning their conference last year and they are going to be the No. 1 seed to win it next year. They were in need of a (defensive specialist). The school's amazing. I love it.

As a senior, Karle had 765 service receptions this year and sent 96 percent of them to the setter. She scored 272 service points with a 92 percent serve percentage and had a 91 percent dig percentage. In county play she was arguably even better. She received 41 serves without making an error. She had 24 digs and 12 service points in two matches.

"When I came in younger and had to fill a big spot at libero, I learned to be a leader. It's taught me how to communicate with people in different ways. I know (IUK assistant and former North Montgomery assistant Ryan Bowerman's) coaching style and he told me that (IUK head coach Heather Hayes) has the exact same style."

Karle has played travel volleyball for six years and is a member of the Sunshine Society and Student Council at North Montgomery. This year she led the volleyball team to a county championship, a Sagamore Athletic Conference Co-Championship and a sectional runner up finish.

"She's already had all the key things to be successful," North Montgomery head coach Jodi Webster said. "She has great dedication and the skills to do it. She has a great staff up at IUK. She knows the system she's going into. It's familiar to her and she has the drive and dedication to be successful. We all know the ideologies for the programs. They are very similar. She's going into something very familiar for her."

Karle plans to major in secondary education and minor in special education.