Land of 1,000 Set Assists
With Byron’s Rylie McRoberts and Hayfield’s Maryx Young already achieving 1,000 career set assists this season, Dodge County is becoming known for its setters and Triton’s Chelsea Lasker recently strengthened that reputation by also reaching that prestigious milestone.
“I was really nervous, and then when everyone celebrated it was crazy,” Lasker said. “I was really excited, it was a big goal for me for this year. The celebrating was fun and it was just a big accomplishment.”
Her pursuit of this accomplishment has been two years in the making as she started playing on varsity as a sophomore.
While it’s been a long time coming, she noted that this goal would have never been achieved if it weren’t for the Cobras’ passers and hitters.
“I couldn’t go do it without a pass and without the hitters putting the ball away for me,” she said.
Lasker also mentioned that Triton’s offense aided her ability to earn assists.
“I think going fast with a fast offense really helps because it’s hard for the other team to keep up and then that gets the kill,” she said.
Another person that she said helped her development was her head coach Rebecca Goossens.
“She helped a lot with just telling me who to set, who was on, and who could put the ball away,” she said.
While she may be being modest by praising others, Lasker said her offseason work has made an impact on her setting ability.
“I just played all year to stay consistent. I think lifting helped a lot too to become stronger and get the ball where it needed to go,” she said. “The summer league stuff helped a lot too because I worked with hitters to find who could put the ball away.”
She’s also noticed that that hard work has made her a more confident player.
“I think I’ve become a lot more confident in the player I’m becoming. I think working hard has really benefitted me to get here,” she said. “I used to be scared to talk, but now I can just tell people ‘hit this,’ and they’ll put the ball away.”
However, individual growth can only take you so far, and Lasker is thankful for all of the help she’s received.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, my coaches, and the fan section. It was crazy,” she said.
After being eliminated in the playoffs by Kasson-Mantorville, Lasker’s high school volleyball years are behind her, but she’s looking forward to playing next year. “I really want to play in college,” she said.