Poehlein sisters sign with college programs

Nov. 9—ZIONSVILLE — For the past few seasons, Isabelle and Sophia Poehlein have been key pieces to the Zionsville volleyball program.

Now the sisters are heading out east to continue their volleyball careers.

Isabelle signed with Boston College and Sophia signed with Bentley on Wednesday. They had a signing ceremony at the school.

"They have played and and worked hard at this sport for years and years and years," Zionsville head coach Olivia Goldstein said. "I can't think of two girls more deserving for this and I am excited that they get to have their own journeys, but will be (in Boston) together."

Isabelle is joining an Eagles program that is 16-12 so far this year under head coach Jason Kennedy.

Isabelle racked up all-conference, all-district and all-state honors for the Eagles this year, finishing with 173 kills, 130 digs and 16 blocks while missing some time do to injury early in the year.

She finished her career with 426 kills and 306 digs.

"Is has always been a go-to point scorer," Goldstein said. "She's a really productive, explosive player. She is humble, she doesn't really celebrate her kills, but they are always big momentum swings that bring the whole team up."

Sophia is heading to Bentley, a Division II school in Boston that plays in the Northeast 10 Conference.

The Falcons are 20-4 so far this year under head coach Joey Pacis.

Sophia also earned all-HCC honors this year.

She was second on the team with 270 kills, and added 273 digs and 28 blocks.

She finished with 460 kills in her career, along with 508 digs.

"Soph has been great," Goldstein said. "She is kind of like the WD-40 of our team, she keeps us going and moving. She's there in any spot we need her. I am excited to see her as a six-rotation player in college."

The sisters helped the Eagles finish 26-7 this year, the most wins since 2017.

They graduate some contributors from that team, but there is a good amount of talent returning.

Goldstein said she players like the Poehleins go on to play in college is a good example for the younger girls in the program.

"I think it shows those younger girls that we play high level competition and if you work to play at this level, you can have a chance to play in college," Goldstein said. "Soph and Is are two of the hardest working kids since I got her two years ago. So it's a good reminder that you have to lift weight, do the sports performance and all the things to get there. This just doesn't happen without the hard work."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.