How to Set a Back-Row Attack in Volleyball

By setting the attack from the back row, you can cause problems for opponent’s blockers by using an additional hitter.

Back-row attacks are a great way for a setter to deceive the blockers and utilize an extra hitter. To be successful setting the back-row attack, you need to take these questions into account:


  • Where are your front-row hitters attacking from? For example: If you have split hitters, including a middle blocker hitting the slide, and an outside hitter, you’ll have the middle of the court open for a back-row hitter to attack.
  • Where are the blockers set up? If a blocker is possibly cheating to the outside, it will leave the middle of the court open for a back-row attack.
  • Where is the pass in location to you as the setter? If you’re going to have to move, then you’re going to have to make adjustments to help lead the back-row hitter into the spike.
  • Is my hitter left handed or right handed? This is going to determine if you need to set the ball closer to you or further for the attacker.

After the setter learns all of these answers, the last and most important thing to make sure of is that you set the ball just in front of the 10-foot line. You want your hitter to have a strong approach, jumping into the set so they’re able to attack with maximum power.

Back-row attacks are a great way for you to open up the offense, keep blockers from cheating and have another option to mix up your offensive approach.

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