A left handed volleyball setter tip the ball faster but she's in a better position to dump the ball over the head of the opposing left front blocker. For a left handed setter, who receives a good pass, the ball will get to your dominant hand first, which means that you can dump the ball faster and disguise it more, making it difficult for the defense to see the tip coming.
It is common for left-handed players to play as an Opposite Hitter in volleyball. He plays at the net on the right side of the court, and his main role is to block the outside hitter of the opposite team, and also, when appropriate, to block the middle player. The opposite is also responsible for passing and setting, so he needs to have great ball handling skills!
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My take on it is that in a 5-1 offense, the tall left-handed setter is able to attack from the front row by hitting off the two (second) ball. This needs to be properly disguised, which limits the arm swing considerably, but the surprise factor makes up for the relatively weak hit.
Volleyball Setter Left hand dumps. Deceptive plays taking advantages in the weakness in defensive schemes and improper defensive eyework.
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Yes... but most of the lefty vs righty advantage is for lefty front-row setters in a 5-1 offense... e.g., they can take a full swing with very little warning from their normal setting position... and Cary wasn't in that role very often during her career on The Farm. An observer of the Stanford setting scene in the 1990's told me that Cary was more suited to be a hitter-setter in a 6-2 (where Cary set in the back row and played right-side hitter in the front row... the same role Cass Lichtman ...
It is true that the left handed setters can attack, but Micah Christenson (Team USA, USC) has demonstrated that even right handers can learn the left-handed attack. When I was a setter for a left-handed opposite, I used to dig easy tips to him in the front row high enough so that he could swing on the 2nd contact. You could presumably do this with a lefty setter.
Smaller setters tend to be quicker and better at back row defense digging the attacks. Taller setters generally cannot move around the court as quickly as shorter setters, but blocking is much easier for a taller setter. Also, a taller setter has an easier time performing the setter dump when in the front row, making them an offensive threat in ...