2008 bleedCrimson.net Aggie Volleyball Preview :: Setter

Written by: Jordan Bostic and Sam Wasson

The setter is the quarterback of the volleyball team, and they run the show. With a 6-2 offense, the team has two starting quarterbacks that switch on and off, which can be an interesting situation. To be successful in the 6-2, the setters must be good defenders because they are always in the back row. Since running a 6-2 eliminates the ability to use defensive specialists, the setters have to be able to pick up the slack in this department. Setters also need to be able to execute sets to all three front row attackers with ease, especially back sets to the right side hitters. One of the advantages of running a 6-2 is always having a right side attacker, but if the setters are unable to back set accurately this advantage isn’t utilized.

The Aggies return their two starting setters from last season in senior Alyssa Gintant and sophomore Brynja Rodgers, who was named to the WAC All-Freshman team. "Alyssa is very good at setting the middles, she sets the quick stuff to them well, and Brynja is a real competitive kid. She's a solid athlete, she serves tough and she has a certain amount of court savvy that we like," said head coach Mike Jordan. Gintant (958) and Rodgers (641) combined for 1,599 assists last season and will be relied upon again this season to direct the Aggies' powerful offensive attack. Last season was the first season for both setters in the 6-2 system and head coach Mike Jordan expects both to be a year better. "I think they both have a solid grasp on what makes us successful and what their responsibilities are. Brynja has improved a lot in the spring in terms of leadership abilities and communication skills," Jordan said. "If they make good decisions and set more hittable balls than they did last year, we're going to be a good team."

Also figuring into the mix at setter will be incoming freshman Jennah DeVries (Denver, Colo, Douglas H.S.). DeVries played setter for the Front Range Volleyball club, a nationally acclaimed junior Olympic development club in Denver, Colo. "Jennah is a very good athlete and does a lot of things very well. She's a great defender. She back sets very well and should compete for time," said Jordan of his recruit. DeVries was also an All-American Award winner at the 2007 AAU Championships.

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