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The 4-2 Offense Pays Off for No. 1 Hamilton Southeastern

Emily Weber (35) is one of two setters in HSE’s successful (yet unconventional) 4-2 offense.

In last week's Court Report, we highlighted setters who ran a 6-2 offense, but we heard from one coach -- of a really good team -- who said, "What about setters who run a 4-2?"

Remember the 4-2 offense? It’s the not-so-strategic system that teams typically run in middle school or on the playground where the setter is always one of the front row players. A 4-2 is when a team has just four hitters and two setters; that’s one or two fewer attackers than when playing a 5-1 or 6-2, respectively.

You may find yourself shrugging your shoulders or rolling your eyes at this simple concept – so what? Well, you may be surprised that the new No. 1 team, Hamilton-Southeastern HS from Indiana, runs this type of 4-2 offense… apparently with great success in its 22-0 season. The combination of having physical and offensive setters, great defenders, and pushing a fast offense is what allows a 4-2 to work for the Royals.

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