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Volleyball: Setters spur Lady Yellowjackets’ hot hitting

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Among the season goals drawn up by the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets is to hit .200 at every match.

For the six games of the Cool in Boomtown Tournament in Burkburnett, the Lady Yellowjackets were twice that good. As a team, Boyd hit .400 and put down 184 kills on the way to capturing the tournament title.

Jordyn Todd led the way with 78 kills. Macee Valtr added 55.

Macey McCune

Making the offensive showing even more impressive was the fact that Macey McCune and Tori Pellegrini are still settling in as the team’s setters after the graduation of Morgan Abbott. The duo handed out 169 of the 180 assists during the tournament with McCune tallying 80 and Pellegrini 79.

“It says a lot about their consistency. We’re doing a lot of new things, and they are learning really quick,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “They’ve both been great at finding hitters. It’s a learning process. We have five hitters to get the ball to.”

McCune and Pellegrini credit their offseason work and preparation for the quick transition and early success for the No. 4 ranked Lady Yellowjackets.

“We just challenged ourselves from the beginning,” McCune said. “With Morgan leaving, Tori and I knew we had to fill the setting role and worked really hard.

“We have great hitters. We had a camp before the season and one thing that was stressed was attacking every third ball and finding a way to put it down.”

Tori Pellegrini

The two setters are in constant contact and try to help each other determine which hitters to set and where to attack an opponent.

“Macey and I have a good bond,” Pellegrini said. “We talk to all the team in huddles about who we are going to set.”

The Lady Yellowjackets are using the pair in a 5-2 rotation instead of a 6-2. McCune is setting from the front row and Pellegrini on the back row.

“It’s hard for the other teams to adjust,” McCune said.

Todd praised the work of both setters in getting sets off any pass.

“Both are working so hard and have definitely gotten better,” she said.

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