The setter is responsible for running her team's offense.
When her team is in service reception, at the beginning of each rally, its
her job to tell her hitters what type of set each of them are going to get if
a) she gets a good pass and/or
b) she doesn't get a good pass.
When a setter tells her eligible hitters what set each of them will hit, its
called "running a play".
The "play" or "offense" she decides to run consists of different types of sets,
some higher, some lower, some faster, some slower, most are front court
sets but she can also deliver some back court sets to her hitters.
While fast sets are lower to the net, slow sets are higher sets pushed
well above the top of the net.
The "4 - 1 - 5" play is the play most commonly run by setters.
This a high ball set to each of the front row hitters, except the middle
The only person who gets a quicker lower set in this offensive play is the
The "Four" is a very high ball delivered to the player in Zone 4.
don't get a perfect pass, they can still get to the ball and deliver it to
Zone 4 easier than they can to the middle (Zone 3) or right side
(Zone 2) position.
After the pass, the setter gets to the ball, then squares her hips to face
down just inside the antenna closest to the first referee and 1-2 feet off the
The "Five" is a high ball set delivered to Zone 2.
The setter contacts the ball with all ten fingers above her forehead, but
then she pushes it behind her, high towards the ceiling so that it drops
court and a foot off the net.
The setter can deliver faster sets to their left side outside hitter.
Why does a setter run a faster play?
The most common volleyball players set to the left side:
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