A setter in volleyball is chiefly responsible for getting the ball to her teammates for winning shots, and to be effective, she not only has to have several players she can go to, she also has to be deceptive in her passing to keep opponents guessing where the ball is going to go. The setter is much like a quarterback in football, in that she decides where to distribute the ball.
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That describes senior Boise State setter Sarah Baugh. She wins praise from her coach, Shawn Garus, her entire team, and the Mountain West Conference, which named her to the all-conference first team last year. But Baugh is much more than an expert passer: she is a reliable server and can also come up with digs off the floor, blocks at the net, and will surprise opponents with quick flicks across the net when they are expecting a pass.
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Bronco fans have seen first-hand what Baugh does for this Bronco team. She is the runaway leader in the Mountain West in assists with 12.18 assists per set. The next closest player, Taylar Rothfuss of Nevada, has 10.28 per set. Keep in mind that the usual winning set score for a team is 25, which means that Baugh is getting about half of the Broncos' assists each set. In the video above, sophomore outside hitter Sierra Nobley realizes how fortunate the Broncos are to have Baugh.
Baugh also ranks eighth in the conference with .29 service aces per set, and she nearly always puts the ball exactly where she wants it.
Sophomore libero Maddi Osburn said, about playing with Baugh, "It's really awesome; she holds me accountable. She makes me a better player and a better person on the court."
While the Broncos have plenty of talent, Baugh knows that their opponent tonight, #20 Colorado State, will be tough to beat. "They're good at everything--they pass well, they hit well, they set well, they have weapons all across the board, and I think we do too. It's going to take all that we have." We've had two really good focused days of practice," Baugh said prior to Wednesday's Bronco practice.
Since the last meeting between the two teams went to five sets in Fort Collins, Colorado, this one has the potential to be a thriller for Bronco volleyball fans. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. tonight in Bronco Gym--arrive early to get free sunglasses, and remember to wear black for the "Blackout".