CORTLAND OH- Anyone who knows volleyball knows how important the position of setter is to a team’s success. In the YSN family, great setters aren’t hard to find. Ranging from young players who will be here for a while, to senior leaders having an awesome send off, the setters in the area have been putting on a show. That is why making the decision of setter of the year was so hard. In the end it was Lakeview’s Mallory Mailach that stood out the most.
Mailach absolutely put up the numbers to compete with setters in the area, she finished the season with 854 assists, averaging over 11 a set. In 1856 total sets, Mailach only made 13 ball handling errors all year. The numbers obviously speak for themselves. However, there were other setters with just as impressive numbers. The thing that tipped the scales in Mailach’s favor was the fact that this was her first season running a 5-1 offense for the Bulldogs. She set last season in a 6-2 splitting time with Maggie Pavlansky, who graduated. This year it was Mailach’s show. A lot of the offense from last season also graduated with Pavlansky, so not only did Mailach have to step up big time, she also had to do it with a majority of the hitters being in much bigger roles on the varsity level. She upped her assist total from a year ago by nearly 400. Simply put Mailach was not set up for easy success. She had to absolutely flex her leadership muscles, and she got the best out of the hitters on the floor.
Because of her incredible season and stepping up in a big way for her team when they needed her most, Mailach is named the 2023 YSN Setter of the Year. We want to congratulate her and the Bulldogs on an incredible season. You can check out Mallory, and all your favorite YSN volleyball players one more time this year in the YSN All Star Game on November 5th at 4:00 at Westminster College!