What Is A Butter, Nectar 31 or Gap Set in Volleyball Offense Strategy?

What does it mean to deliver a butter set, or what does it mean when your set in volleyball is nectar? Is The Gap Set The Same As The 31 Or The 3 Set in Offense


What is the 31 or the Gap set in volleyball mean?

These terms for volleyball setters are important because its the setters' job to outsmart and outguess the middle blockers so that their outside hitters can run the offense and have only one or no blocks up to hit against. 

The "31" is a fast half shoot to a front row player that takes their spike approach so they take off and land four to five feet in front of the volleyball setter.


What is set in volleyball?  
The "31" set


The "31", The "Gap"

The "31" is a fast half shoot to a front row player that takes their spike approach so they take off and land four to five feet in front of the volleyball setter.

This is another name for the half shoot.


What is set in volleyball? 
What does 'butter' or 'nectar' mean?


"Butter" or "nectar" is slang used when a setter has delivered a beautiful well-placed set for a hitter to go up and just rip, meaning, hit really hard into the opposing team's court.

Used especially if the volleyball setters set selection created a "one-on-one" or "no block" situation for a hitter, then the set that was delivered is described as a "nectar" set or "butter'.



As in "that was a nectar set, please don't forget how you did that and can you do it again fifteen more times?"

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