HAMMOND | Annalisa Hernandez and Elena Sobilo have had their turn quarterbacking the Bishop Noll volleyball team.
Former setters, the pair know the pressure of making the key decisions for the Warriors offense.
Now they're in the position to take all the glory. As right-side hitters, Hernandez and Sobilo are the first line of defense on their team's weak side.
They also rank third and fourth on their team in assists.
Having left behind them the position of decision-making, both say they're happier as hitters.
"I feel like being a setter you control the court, but when you're a hitter you get to feel more aggressive out there," Hernandez said.
"I normally play all the way around, so when I go in the back row I'm a setter and in the front row I'm a setter," the senior Sobilo said. "I really do like right side, because being in the front row you get a hit every once in a while. Setting, you get the thrill of being able to assist someone in doing that."
Sobilo and Hernandez have 32 and six kills respectively, with 29 and 45 assists. The big numbers go to the players in the front row.
Noll (30-9) faces Providence (35-4) in today's Class 2A state championship at noon at Ball State's Worthen Arena.
The Pioneers, who haven't lost a game since Sept. 25 (a streak of 16 matches and 44 games), are appearing in their second straight title game.
The advantage of the Warriors having multiple setters on the floor allows them to always find their offense.
"I think it's a really smart idea because if the pass isn't there, any of the right sides can step up and get that pass," Sobilo said. "It gives us more opportunities to make an offense happen rather than having someone scrambling around the floor."
"It's a huge advantage because it's really easy to get back in system," coach Dave Rodriguez added. "My setter doesn't have to run in the back row and limit herself to taking the first pass. We don't just go to an outlet because the setter plays defense, our right sides can run the offense."
Despite early hurdles to the multiple-setter system, Rodriguez said his team has never had a problem finding its leader.
"When we're facing tough opponents, we need them to play together," the coach said. "We need the individuals who have the capabilities of stepping up to step up, but not try to take it on themselves. We do these things as a team."