King’s is in good hands with its standout setter | Volleyball

By David Pan | Sep 08, 2016

Edmonds Beacon Article

King’s Casey Kispert practices her serve.

If the setter is the quarterback for a volleyball team, then King’s is in good hands.

Senior Casey Kispert returns for her second season as the setter for the Knights, who took fifth place at last year’s 1A state tournament.

Kispert has grown up in the Knights program and possesses all the necessary understanding and tools to run the offense.

“She can see what the opposing team is doing and where there might be opportunities and she can direct the offense to take advantage of that,” King’s coach Jeff Fransen said.

Fransen looks for a number of qualities in a setter. At the top of the list is the ability to keep the team’s hitters in rhythm by successfully locating the ball.

“Casey does that well,” Fransen said. “She is able to do it, strong side, weak side, without opposing teams understanding where she’s going.”

The Knights run a fast-paced offense and Kispert is able to keep the hitters in motion. Kispert has the ability to read where her hitters are coming from and to be able to get in front of them, Fransen said.

The Knights, who have placed at state for 13 consecutive years, saw a significant turnover with all of their middle hitters graduating.

“We have some exciting younger players stepping it up in the middle,” Fransen said.

Junior Eva Cobb, sophomore Dominique Kirton, junior and freshman Allison Hansen are three players expected to fill those roles.

King’s returns experience on the outside with senior Marlee Young, a third-year varsity players. Sophomore Baily McCutchen didn’t start as a freshman but appears ready to assume more of a role this season. Juniors Sydney Jones and Alexis Graham are two other players in the mix.

King’s is scheduled to open league play on the road on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Granite Falls.