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Cats Libero Sets the Standard

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Nicole Baker is one of just two seniors on the cats volleyball team. The libero's leadership is crucial to a squad, that has three starting freshmen.

"Even if you're not having the best game or playing badly you can't let it show because there's five other freshmen on the court whose this is their first year playing if you freaking out there going to be twice as bad," said Baker.

"She also is an extension of my staff where she helps the freshmen be where they need to be at study hall or get to the bus on time," said head coach Kyle Weindel.

"She's always the loudest one on the court she's constantly talking and that's what we need as a senior especially when we have three freshmen starting," said freshman Kennadie Clute.

Baker is a great libero because she has a low center of gravity and when the ball comes at her she's stationary.

"One of the big keys of being a good digger is being stopped when the other hitter contacts the ball because if you're moving she could just hit it in the complete opposite direction of where you're at and you're just like ooops I can't get to it," said Baker. 

"We channel a lot of blocks at Nicole specifically so she can get digs now passing wise she's been one of her most consistent passers. On a day in and day out basis and that really sets her apart from a lot of libero's I've coached," said Weindel.

Outside of volleyball, Baker has one unique eating habit.

"I intake a lot of McDonald's a lot of Burger King I've tried to tune it down but in the past this has set me apart," said Baker. 

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