LANSING – Lansing Christian High School varsity volleyball team setter, Adair Cutler, has surpassed the 3,000 assist milestone in her high school career
She currently sits at 3,213 assists, 15th on the MHSAA all-time list, as Lansing Christian continues its playoff run in the regional semi-final match today in Morenci against Adrian Lenawee Christian. A win would send the Pilgrims to the regional final on Thursday in Morenci.
She gives the credit for her accomplishments to her teammates.
“It’s a testament to my coach and teammates because an assist can’t happen without a dig and a kill,” Cutler said.
“She doesn’t do it for the recognition, which kind of embodies that setting position,” said head coach Dale Wethy. “Setters rarely ever get the glory. Everyone cares about who got that big kill or block.”
Cutler has worked on her craft for three summers by attending a week-long setting camp in Aurora, Ill. where setters do setting drills for eight hours a day.
“I find it really satisfying that on almost every play I’ve helped facilitate my teammates success,” said Cutler whose been playing volleyball since fifth grade. “I love the feeling of setting a good ball that goes for a kill.”
Her discipline stretches to the classroom, as Cutler is tied for first in her graduating class with a 4.0 unweighted GPA
Vince Muscat, director of Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy, which Cutler joined for the upcoming club season, said being a setter is all about the mental side of the game.
“The position naturally demands a level of IQ. You have to understand your craft and how important it is and know what’s going on the other side of the net,” he said. “A good setter really tries to focus what the other side of the net has. What are the matchup problems?”
Cutler’s efforts have helped to lead Lansing Christian to a 37-11-5 record this season.
For Cutler, the milestone is another addition to a resume that includes being selected to the USA Volleyball High Performance Regional Youth Team, first team all conference and Under Armour: All-American Senior Watch List.
Wethy said Cutler doesn’t seek the limelight.
“She has that mentality where she gives and gives and gives. She’s not looking for recognition,” Wethy said.