Brooke Moore gives Van Buren the calmness and confidence it needs on the court.
The junior and the rest of the Lady Pointers prep for the state tournament which begins on Tuesday at Bryant.
Moore is the team’s libero specialist. She also provides a calming presence on the court for the team.
“When the ball is hit towards her, the other players get out of her way. They know and they’re confident she’s going to put the ball in play,” said Van Buren coach Brett Reeves. “Brooke is just a phenomenal hitter. She’s really good with the pass.”
Moore acknowledges sometimes the confidence begins with her.
“If I don’t have confidence in myself, no one will have confidence in you,” said Moore. “Each game is very sporadic. You don’t know what to expect sometimes and anything can happen.
“You have to be perfect when you’re the passer. Everything rides on the pass. You have to be super controlled and very loud because you can see the whole floor… the whole court and you have to help the other players on where to go.”
Moore has played volleyball since the seventh grade, but also played with her sister, Courtney Moore, who is now an assistant coach on the volleyball team.
“It can be fun, but it’s also hard for her not to show favoritism,” Brooke Moore said. “However, I do have someone I can talk to.”
She’s the youngest of four siblings, along with two older brothers, Brandon Moore (Class of 2010) and Chase Moore (Class of 2018).
“My parents have been great with their support,” said the youngest Moore. “They’ve been to all my games and taken me to all my travel games. It’s a lot of commitment on their part as well. I’m thankful for their support and the support from my sister… and my brothers if they get the chance to show up.”
Courtney Moore was a setter for Van Buren’s 2011 squad which reached the state volleyball finals. Brandon Moore had a role in the Razorbacks pitching crew and eventually signed a pro baseball contract. Chase Moore plays for the UAFS baseball team.
Brooke Moore still has one more season for Van Buren.
“This has been a very empowering team. We have a lot of good hitters, which has made this past year fun,” Moore said. “We’re going to graduate a lot of good players, so we’re going to have to be a scrappier team next year. We’re also moving down a classification so it’s going to be a lot of big changes.”
“Every team needs a good passer,” said Reeves. “You can’t have a good team without a great passer.”