When one thinks of college volleyball players, the images of athletes at least six foot tall come to mind. So it is unlikely that a 5-2 player usually is thought of as excelling at the college level. But Lacy walker, at that height, is not an ordinary volleyball player.
“This was a goal of mine but I didn’t figure it would come true,” said the Christian County star in an interview with the Kentucky New Era newspaper after signing a scholarship with St. Catharine College.. “I’m really excited and really happy that Coach McDannold gave me the opportunity.”
Walker definitely earned the opportunity after completing an excellent high school career with the Lady Colonels. Throughout her three years of varsity volleyball she recorded 50 aces, 18 kills and 10 assists, all of those stats coming from the libero (defensive specialist) position.
Christian County coach Rick Erickson told the New Era, “Anytime you have a kid who’s able to continue their dream of playing the game and get an education out of it, it’s beyond measurable as a coach. Lacy’s been a gamer for us the last couple of years. When it’s the biggest game, that’s when she plays her best, and I think that’s a big part of what’s helped her carry forward.”
Walker helped carry the Lady Colonels to Region Two titles in both her junior and senior seasons. She finished her junior year with a 75 percent passing percentage, second highest among her team. She improved that percentage during her senior campaign, finishing with a team high 81 percent. She was a team captain her senior season.
“She’ll come right in with the leadership skills she has and hopefully become a leader for our other freshmen right off the bat,” said McDannold who will be in his first year as head coach at St. Catharine. “I’ll have a senior libero this year with one more season left. In future years, I’m looking for someone to fill that role. With her (Walker) being one of the best liberos in the region, I feel she has the potential to do that.”
Although still undecided on a major, Walker, who has a 4.05 GPA has her priorities in line as a student-athlete at St. Catharine. “I’m looking forward to getting my degree more than anything. That’s the whole point of it. Then, to play volleyball on the side, that’s going to be a big chunk of my time.”
Walker has also accumulated a number of awards, including being named MaxPreps.com’s player of the week for Kentucky twice, earning All-District honors her junior and senior seasons and being named to the All-Region team in her last stint with the Lady Colonels.
As for her outlook on relocating to St. Catharine in the fall, Walker concluded, “The people were really fun. I love the campus. It’s really pretty. It’s a good program. When I went up there, I had a lot of fun, and I just felt like I could be there for another four years.”