Players in the setter position need to know and include these six setting
terms in their volleyball vocabulary.
the volleyball and lets the ball come to a stop or lets it rest in her
hands, causing the ball to stop moving before pushing it back up into
When setting, the ball shouldn't come to a complete stop in your
hands, if it does the ref will say that you "held" the ball too long.
According to basic volleyball rules, a lift is a violation usually
committed while setting a ball.
This happens when a player makes illegal contact by using a "lifting"
action with one or two of her hands staying too long in contact with a
A lift can be called on a defensive action but it's most often committed
when a player is setting the ball.
A back set is the type of set a setter delivers to a player that is behind
Because the starting setter position has the player
perpendicular to the net, which positions them to have their back to their
offside (right side) hitter, that right front attacker will receive a lot of back
sets because the setter doesn't have time to turn around and face them.
An "over set" happens when a setter runs a fast attack and in
their attempt to deliver a ball to a specific hitter, she sets the ball too far
past the area where the hitter was supposed to make contact with the
ball and the ball gets "set over" the net.
This would be counted as a setting error, since the spiker wasn't able to
make contact with the ball.
A "dump" is when a setter 'dumps' or pushes the ball into the opposing
team's volleyball court instead of setting the ball to one of her
Often done by a front row setter as an attack, in an attempt to catch the
other team's blockers and defense off guard.
She will mix up her sets to her hitters every now and
then with attempts to hit or dump the ball into the other team's court.
One deceptive style used to dump a ball effectively happens when a
setter decides to jump set as if she's about to set the ball to one of
her middle players.
Then instead of setting the ball, she uses her hand to 'assist', "push"
If done correctly, she contacts the ball at the height of her jump aiming
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