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Having grown up on a dairy farm, Abby Coulter knows a thing or two about hard work.
She credits her farming lifestyle in grounding her and helping her realize what her priorities should be.
“I’ve been around the farm my whole life,” Coulter said. “I’ve always had to be working every day, and I think that’s really allowed me to know that you have to have a great work ethic in everything you do.”
So when she started playing volleyball in seventh grade, working on getting better was never an issue. It was just something that came naturally.
Having never truly played before, Coulter couldn’t imagine the technique involved with the game, but she soon discovered that there was a “right way” to do just about everything.
“One of the first things you learn is that you can’t just put your hands together and expect the ball to go where you want,” Coulter said. “It’s something you’ve got to practice. You’ve just gotta keep working on it.”
Once she started getting the hang of things, she soon found out that, even though she liked the game in general, serving was her favorite aspect of the game.
“I like getting back to that line and serving the ball,” Coulter said. “It’s one thing I know I can be strong at when I do it.”
But for Head Coach Anne Mudd, Coulter’s greatest contribution to the team is—unsurprisingly—her work ethic.
“Every time she comes into practice, she gives us 110 percent all the time,” Mudd said. “That kind of drive just really adds to our team.”
Coulter has had her share of disappointments, but she never lets any of them get her down, on or off the court.
“Believe in yourself,” Coulter said. “Know you can do anything that’s possible. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something.”
That’s what Coulter, who prides herself on being “really sweet and kind to everybody,” makes sure to tell her teammates when they are discouraged because she believes that the volleyball team is like a second family.
Whether it is having a Michael Jackson dance party on the team bus or surviving volleyball camp, Coulter knows that her teammates will be right there.
“It’s always fun just being with the team,” Coulter said. “We just act silly and everything and have a good time.”
And that’s what she’ll miss most once the season is over.
“That’s your volleyball family,” Coulter said. “It’s gonna be a part of you that you have to let go. It’s gonna be hard because it’s nice knowing there will be somebody there to pick you up.”
Coulter has narrowed down her post-graduation plans, but they are far from finalized.
She is considering going to either Western Kentucky University or Morehead State University to work toward a degree in some aspect of agriculture
“I’d love to do something with animals, but I’m not positive about anything just yet,” Coulter said.
Although she’s unsure about exactly what she’ll be doing after high school, one thing is for certain: she’ll never stop working at it.