Koetter has Wesleyan setting high goals

NORCROSS -- When Dirk Koetter was hired as the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator, it was just as much a boost for Wesleyan volleyball as it was to the unbeaten NFL team.

Kendra Koetter, a standout sophomore setter, has fit in perfectly for the No. 1-ranked Wolves since moving from Jacksonville.

Koetter had 27 assists, four aces, six digs and three kills as Wesleyan (34-11) swept No. 9 Coosa 25-13, 25-7, 25-7 on Wednesday night in a Class AA first-round state tournament match that lasted only about 65 minutes.

"The setter is like your point guard or your quarterback, they run your offense," Wesleyan coach Ted Russell said. "It's a very important position for us. We've always been fortunate in this program to have setters who play club volleyball and she is a very good club player.

"When you have someone who plays at that level, it allows you to run a quicker offense and a much cleaner offense most times. She's a nice addition. We needed a setter, so adding her was huge."

Koetter nicely replaced the graduated Callie Bivings and the Wolves are poised to make a run at its sixth state championship after losing to eventual winner Eagle's Landing Christian in the quarterfinals last year.

Wesleyan, the No. 1 seed from Area 6-AA, will be at home again next Tuesday in the second round, facing the Spencer-Dublin winner.

Coosa, the No. 4 seed from Area 5-AA in its second year of volleyball, offered little resistance in the first round, falling to 15-19 with the lopsided loss to the Wolves. Wesleyan had 18 aces and 37 kills.

Jennifer Miller was credited with seven aces, four assists and seven digs. Anna Davis and Katie Van Laeke each had eight kills and Hannah Hoskin recorded six. Davis also had two aces and two digs.