Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
The setter in volleyball is pretty much the equivalent of a quarterback in football or a point guard in basketball. If they’re not passing well, their offense struggles.
If the United States women’s indoor volleyball team wants to get coach Hugh McCutcheon another gold medal (he won gold coaching the men’s team in Beijing), then the pressure’s going to be on setter Lindsey Berg to pass the team to success.
However, it’s not like Berg isn’t ready for that kind of weight to be on her shoulders (or her setting skills). This is the third Olympic Games that Berg is competing in as a member of Team USA.
And Berg has plenty of accolades on her volleyball resume, especially as of late. In 2011, Berg was named the USA Indoor Volleyball Female Athlete of the Year. That same year, she started 12 of 14 matches in the FIVB World Grand Prix, helping the Americans win a second consecutive championship.
And she was a starter for the team during this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round when it defeated Olympic teams Brazil, Italy and the Dominican Republic.
Berg’s ability to feed the ball to Team USA heavy hitters like Logan Tom will go a long way in determining if the American ladies can capture volleyball gold.