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Christian County’s Macy Baker is the 2020 Kentucky New Era volleyball Athlete of the Year.

Throughout her career at Christian County, Macy Baker has seen this program’s highs and lows.

It just worked out one of the top moments — winning a district championship, which happened in her final season in the red and blue.

Baker was the only senior on the Lady Colonels this year. Her leadership and play on the court are why she has been named the 2020 Kentucky New Era volleyball Athlete of the Year.

Being the only senior on the Lady Colonels coming into the year, Baker wanted to make sure she was ready to be that voice on the team.

“I wanted to be a leader and be the positive person on the court,” she said. “I also wanted to work on my skills and stuff. Making sure I could get the ball over and be a dependable player on the court. Just so my team could trust me.”

In a shortened season due to COVID-19, Baker led County to their first Eighth District Championship since 2015 and the first one for Baker in her high school career.

“I think (this season) was exciting,” Baker said. “With our group of girls, there was so much potential. We had a lot graduate last year so it was going to be interesting to see how we were going to do this year. I think we did really good with what we had.”

The Lady Colonels also did something else they hadn’t done since Baker was in seventh grade — beating University Heights Academy in both regular-season matchups.

The Lady Blazers had been the top team in the district for a majority of Baker’s career. Being able to take them out twice on the way to a district title was a sweet moment for Baker.

“In the past, we’ve been that team,” Baker said. “To be that team and win again, it was a really happy moment for us. We had some disappointments this year, but overall, we played really well and showed our potential.”

While the season didn’t finish the way she had hoped, Baker is happy to have gotten to experience the season with her team.

“Personally I think our team has gotten really close,” she said. “We got to know each other, got comfortable with each other having not played together. I think we all came together and it puts them in a good spot next year.

“It’s going to be really hard leaving them but it makes me happy to see how much we grew as a team.”

One thing she did know, was this year was going to be her last as a volleyball player.

“I’ve learned from a young age that I didn’t want to play in college,” Baker said. “I was just happy here and it was a lot of work to play in college. I know if I wanted to play at the next level I’d want to put my all into it. I just want to focus on my career and the next step.

“I’ll always wish that I had more. You’ll always wish you had more wins or whatever, but I think as a whole it’s been a success with all the girls I’ve played with. I think that’s most important. I had fun and I enjoyed my time.”

Baker hopes her legacy as a Lady Colonel can be looked upon as motivation for the future.

“I definitely know that a lot of girls looked up to me and I’ve played since I was in sixth grade,” she said. “Just to see how far I’ve come over the years, I think it helps younger girls know that just because you don’t have this thing down doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get it later in life and you’re always going to get better if you push yourself in life. Hopefully, I’ve been that kind of leader to them.”

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2020 volleyball All-KNE team

Macy Baker — Christian County

Lucy Chester — Todd County Central

Evelyn Morales — UHA

Lauren Watkins — Hopkinsville

Alyssa Bearns — Hopkinsville

Beth Peebles — UHA

Lanie Bivins — Todd County Central

Hailey Hallmark — Hopkinsville

Jasmine Jones — Fort Campbell

Faith Kaauamo — Fort Campbell

Iyanna Grubbs — Trigg County

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