Former national team player Salima Rockwell discusses techniques to read the setter and increase defensive IQ including paying close attention to pass location and the setter's body language.
- The quality and location of the pass can tell you a lot about the setter's options: If she's pulled off the net, she's given much fewer options for offense - and likely won't set the middle. If she's shoved towards the net with the pass, she'll also have limited options and is more likely to set a quick set or dump.
- The setter's body language and visual cues: Is the setter turning her chest to the net, indicating she might be dumping the ball? If she's backpedaling to reach the pass, she's likely going to set behind her and won't be able to push the set to the outside pin.
- If the setter is running towards the ball, she likely won't be setting to the back pin behind her.
- As a coach, diversify how you initiate balls to the setter during drills. Toss from different locations and tempos to challenge the defense to stick with the setter and be prepared for different scenarios.