Ask any volleyball coach who is the most important person on the court, and she’ll say the setter. Without accurate sets, outside hitters couldn’t stuff the stat sheet with all those crowd-pleasing kills.
Trudy Vande Berg, assistant coach at Duke, credits the setters for the Blue Devils’ on-court success. “The setter is like the quarterback of the volleyball team,” Vande Berg says. “Without a confident individual in that position, the rest of the team can be negatively affected, because the setter determines who hits and at what tempo.”
Vande Berg sets you up with some techniques the Blue Devils used to win the 2006 ACC Championship.
· Elbows slightly bent and pointing out
· Hands over head, with thumbs near eyebrow level
· Cock wrists so palms are exposed
· Form a triangle with index fingers and thumbs
· Knees slightly bent
· Feet shoulder-width apart in athletic stance
· Right foot slightly in front of left
Vande Berg’s keys
1. Keep your hands open and in the shape of a ball.
2. Pull your thumbs back so they aren’t in the way of the set.
3. Let the ball come to you. When you make the set, each finger should touch the ball.
4. Pop the ball out of your hands by extending your elbows and straightening your wrists and fingers.
5. Keep your lower body balanced and don’t lean in any direction.
6. When you set, push your weight onto your right foot.
7. Consistent sets have the same tempo and distance, which helps your hitters’ timing.