Different types of sets in volleyball

Volleyball teams master basic skills which comprises several specific techniques. One such important skill is Set. The Set is usually the second contact that a team makes with the ball. The main reason to set the ball is to put the ball in such a way that it can be driven by an attach into the opponent’s court. The setter is the one who coordinates the offensive movements of a team and ultimately decides which player will attack the ball.

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The most common set naming system is a two-number system. In this system, the 1st number corresponds to a zone on the net while the 2nd number corresponds to the height of the set at its apex (in feet). The zones are named 21 through 7 from left to right along the net with the setter occupying the line between Zone 5 and 6. The most common set heights are 1,2,3,5 and 10. Zones 4,5 and 6 float along the net with the setter.

Types of Sets

  • Set A: A back row set aimed at the left side of the court. This can also be a quick set to the middle.
  • Set B: A back row set aimed to the left side of the middle of the court.
  • Back-Two: A ball set relatively high and to the middle or to the right-side hitter, directly behind the setter.
  • Back-One: A ball set relatively low (or quick) to the middle hitter or to the right-side hitter and is directly behind the setter.
  • Set C: A back row set aimed to the right side of the middle of the court.
  • Set D: A back row set aimed at the right side of the court.
  • Bick- The ball is set very low.
  • Five- A set to the weak side/ outside hitter.
  • Four/ Back- A high set to the strong side/ outside hitter.
  • Go- A set to the outside hitter and higher than a shoot but lower and faster than a hut.
  • Hut/ Loop- A lower set to the outsider hitter and higher than a shoot.
  • Pipe- A back row set aimed at the middle of the court between a B and a C-ball.
  • Shoot- A variation on the quick set except that instead of setting the ball to the middle, the ball is set to the outside hitter.
  • Two- A ball which is set to the middle hitter.
  • Ten- A ball which is set for a back row attack.

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