Sept. 20, 2009
by Kristy Rivero, OSR Contributing Editor
OSR Sting EXTRA
ATLANTA — Her nickname is an abbreviation of her name, not what she does. But if she does her job correctly, MASH is exactly what happens to the volleyball.
Mary Ashley Tippins, a junior setter from Marist High School, is in her first season as the starting setter for the Jackets. Just three weeks into the season, she entered the weekend third in the ACC with 10.56 assists per set.
“I definitely feel really, really comfortable with her,” says senior Brittany Roderick, the reigning ACC Player of the Week. “Last year, our senior setter would be on one side and Mash was on the other and I feel like we’ve been with Mash more than anyone because she’s only a year younger. She’s a great setter and she’s working really hard and she’ll do a great job this year.”
“It’s probably one of the most important positions,” says head coach Tonya Johnson. “We look at the setter as being the quarterback of a team and I think that Mash has come in and done a really nice job. “
The volleyball team opens ACC play on Friday against N.C. State at O’Keefe Gym.