The setter volleyball player, on a team of six players, is the leader on the court. Their responsibilities are to call the plays to each of their eligible hitters, get to every second ball served to their side during a rally and to run the team's offense by setting the hitter most likely to score a point or sideout.
A volleyball setter on any team has a role or a job description that can be compared to the responsibilities that a quarterback on a football team or the point guard on a basketball team have.
This is called running the offense.
Slow But High Offense
Their outside hitters will practice hitting high balls delivered to them outside and near the antenna to either zone 4 for the left side hitters or to zone 2 for the opposites or right side hitters.
While the middle hitters work with their setter on getting quick sets that are about a foot or more above the net and delivered to them at a faster pace in the center of the net which is called zone 3.
Let's compare what happens to football.
If you've seen a football game, the quarterback hands off the ball quickly to a running back. That would be the same as what the setter delivers in the middle to her middle blocker. She gives a quick set to her middle blocker, in the middle of the net, or anywhere in zone 3 along the net.
Let's go back to the football game.
After the quarterback gives him the ball, the bigger, stronger player uses speed and strength to push the ball or hit it quickly pass the defense.
Should the quarterback choose to throw a long pass down the field the expectation is that their cornerback or running back will outrun or outjump the opposing defensive players in order to get the ball into the end zone.
I would compare that to when a setter sets the ball much further away from her base position, to one of her outside hitters in the hope that they do the same thing.
As you can see there are a lot of similarities between football and volleyball, one of the biggest ones is the role of the setter player.
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