JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Brooke Eisenbarth started attracting the attention of opposing coaches her junior year. Now she has attracted the coaches at Lake Land College, where she recently signed to play collegiate volleyball.
Eisenbarth has leap frogged up the ladder throughout her volleyball career. She’s done it again.
from just playting back row and not serving in middle school to being a all-conference 1st team hitter and meeting a need at the collegiate level.
“She made a big leap between her freshman and sophomore years,” said Ram coach Lisa Peifer. “She put the time in and rose above others. She was the only freshman to move up and play Rapid Fire. Then, she went from freshmen ball (SHS) to playing varsity her sophomore year.”
After being the team’s most improved player as a junior and surprising opposing coaches, who wondered where she came from, Eisenbarth earned a 1st Team All-Okaw Valley Conference selection last season.
As a junior, Eisenbarth had to step up and fill the shoes of a crew of college bound hitters, who had graduated. She led the Rams with 244 kills, almost 100 more than anyone else on the team. She also had a team-high service aces (31). Besides leading the offensive attack, Eisenbarth was also one of the top defenders, recording a team-2nd 268 digs, second only to the libero.
As a senior, Eisenbarth was again the leading hitter for Shelbyville by a bunch. Eisenbarth swung for 268 kills, 74 more kills than the nearest teammate. She added 28 blocks to give her 296 net points. Eisenbarth also was second on the team in digs (213).
With over 500 kills and nearly 500 digs in two years, Eisenbarth is attractive to Lake Land.
“She has size and good ball control (passing),” said Lake Land coach Amory Porter. “She’s a good hitter, she’s strong, and athletic and she meets a need we have to fill.”
Last year Lake Land was 25-14 and finished 2nd in the conference.
Eisenbarth chose Lake Land because it was close to home and for the nursing program.
“I looked at John A. Logan and Lincoln Land,” Eisenbarth said. “I wanted to continue playing and i like playing the same position.”
When Eisenbarth was asked about who to credit for her ability, she quickly answered.
“My coach (Lisa Peifer),” Eisenbarth said. “She made me who I am in volleyball and helped in other areas of personal growth.”
Peifer not only coached Eisenbarth at Shelbyville High School, but also on the Rapid Fire club team for three years.
Junior Year: 207 points, 31 aces, 244 kills, 268 digs, 28 blocks
Senior Year: 231 points, 26 aces, 268 kills, 213 digs, 28 blocks, 4 assists