By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
For Brooke Morrow, finding a place she felt comfortable was the most important thing.
So, it was easy for the Madison Central senior to pass up an opportunity to play volleyball at a Division I school from a big-time conference.
“When I went to the camp (at West Virginia University), I just didn’t connect with the coach or any of the players,” Morrow said. “I just felt like I was at another practice and I didn’t enjoy it as much.”
Morrow visited schools in Florida and Georgia, but found her comfort zone in a most unusual place — Philippi, W.Va.
On Wednesday, the Central senior signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Alderson-Broaddus, a Division II school about an hour from Pittsburgh, Pa.
“She absolutely loves this coach and this team,” Central coach Elizabeth Morrow said of Alderson-Broaddus. “It just all kind of clicked.”
That personal connection led Morrow to choose Alderson-Broaddus over West Virginia, Kennesaw State and Eckerd College.
“I really connected with the players,” Morrow said. “I really connected with the coach. I talk to my coach on a daily basis. We are pretty close.”
Morrow is just the third Central volleyball player to ever sign to play at the college level.
The senior has been a part of the school’s volleyball program since she was in the sixth grade. She started playing at the varsity level as a seventh grader.
Morrow also played soccer and was a swimmer before turning her focus to volleyball. The senior has played club league volleyball since she was 12 and has been coached by her mother for the past seven years at the high school level.
“She’s been around it all her life,” Elizabeth Morrow said. “When she was a baby, I used to take a pak-n-play and put an old volleyball net over it so she wouldn’t get hit in the head when I coached in Tennessee.”
Morrow admits she was “one of the worst players in the world” when she first started playing volleyball. The senior has improved each season and was a key performer for this year’s district championship team.
“The outcome was more than I ever could have expected,” Morrow said.
Morrow has been Central’s starting setter for several years, but at the college level the senior may be moved to libero. This past year, she has played mostly defense on her club team.
“At first I hated it,” Morrow said of being a defensive specialist. “Then it grew on me. I love it.”
Morrow may get the chance to play multiple positions, but she’s just eager to have an opportunity to contribute.
“The beauty of a DII school is that they have JV teams,” Morrow said. “So, she will play right away.”