Illustration and photos by Lori Poteet
Illustration and photos by Lori Poteet
A big hitter can change a volleyball game in a split second.

Unless someone's there to keep the ball alive before it hits the ground.

No one affected games more this year than North Montgomery's libero, Brook Karle. She earned this year's honor of being the Montgomery County Volleyball Player of the Year.

"She came into our program as a freshman and we really needed another passer in the scheme," head coach Jodi Webster said. "She stepped up as a freshman and made a huge contribution at the varsity level. As a sophomore she stepped up to the libero position and really had a natural sense of where the ball was going to be. She was really committed to being the best. Very few of the girls are four year starters. That speaks very highly of her skill."

Karle, a senior, 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.

"I worked a lot on reading the ball, getting my serve down and hitting from the back row," Karle told The Paper following her selection. "Defense is the fun part. People nail balls at you and if you get them up you can ruin the momentum and the thrill of the kill. It changes momentum."

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. The Chargers didn't lose to a county opponent all year.

"She reads well. To be able to read the ball and the player is such a big part of this game," Webster told The Paper. "Volleyball is very much like a chess game. You have to be able to see what's going to be their next move and anticipate it. She did a very good job of that anticipating."

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.

"As a senior she's done a great job in the leadership and teaching role. Not just by being a captain, but by actively going through their role on the court," Webster said.

Karle said that she is still deciding where she will go, but that she will play volleyball in college.