BELVIDERE – Our first WREX Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Rock Valley College, of the new school year is Belvidere North volleyball player BrookeLyn Messenger. Messenger is a big-time outside hitter for the Blue Thunder, who has helped the program turn into NIC-10 champions over the past couple of years. But she’s a late bloomer in volleyball.
“At first I really thought softball was going to be my thing all the way,” Messenger said. “I loved softball. Once I started playing volleyball, I started getting a brand new passion. I love the competitiveness.”
Belvidere North shared a NIC-10 title two years ago, and won the program’s first outright conference title last year. But this team has even bigger goals, as Messenger and her teammates look to advance deeper into the playoffs.
The team has a new coach this year, as Amanda Carlson takes over the program. She enjoys coaching Messenger, rather than gameplanning against her.
“I’m really glad I’m on her side this time around,” Carlson said. “We can use her as a weapon for us instead of having to defend against her.”
Messenger will continue her volleyball career at the Air Force Academy, but not before she finishes strong for the Blue Thunder.