Aug 28, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington volleyball team opens the 2013 season Friday, Aug. 30 at College Park Center against Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Setters Amanda Welsh and Cassidy Wheeler took time out from practices to talk about the importance of their position on the court.
Welsh, a junior from Austin, Texas, has started every match for the Mavs for the past two seasons. In 2012, she was named to the University of Illinois at Chicago Invitational All-Tournament team. Welsh led the team in assists with 978 (8.65/set) and aces with 30 (0.27/set). She finished out the year fourth on the team in both total blocks (45) and digs (218, 1.93/set). She hit for .188 on the season with 62 kills, averaging 0.55 per set. Welsh was also second in double-double performances in 2012 with five in digs and assists.
Wheeler, a 5-9 freshman from Kingwood, Texas, will be entering her first collegiate season in 2013 and is expected to bring great things to the Mavericks' squad. She was a three-year letterwinner for Kingwood High School and was named All-State as a senior in 2012.
Both Welsh and Wheeler are ready to run the UTA offense this year and explained the importance of the setter position as well as what fans should know when watching this season.
Question: What is the most important aspect about being a setter?
Amanda Welsh: "Knowing who to set at the right time and place."
Cassidy Wheeler: "I think the most important aspect of being a setter is being able to know what's going on everywhere, on your side and the opponent's side of the court. That way we can choose which sets to set to make us more successful."
Q: What is the most important thing fans/spectators should know about the setter position?
A.W.: "We are like the quarterbacks of the team. We play a bigger role than a lot of people know."
C.W.: "Fans should know setting is way harder than it looks! And although hitters get all the glory, they wouldn't look good without us."
Q: What are your goals, in terms of your specific position, for this upcoming season?
A.W.: "My goals are to make sure I set the right person and the right time throughout the whole game and that I create as many split blocks as I can for my hitters."
C.W.: "My goal is to get playing time by running a 6-2 (rotation) with Welsh."
Welsh, Wheeler and the rest of the volleyball Mavs will be in action Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. for the 2013 season opener at College Park Center. For the full schedule, click here.