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Chayse Paulson

October 10, 2018 06:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Rochester John Marshall Rockets volleyball team has put together a strong season on the hardwood—their young setter is helping the Rockets set themselves in position for a Big 9 Conference title this Fall.

Entering Wednesday, the Rockets are 7-1 in Big 9 Conference play, and the dream season can be credited to the Rockets’ “coach’s dream,” sophomore setter Chayse Paulson.

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“Chayse will take whatever we give her. She’s coachable, you can get her fired up a little bit and she’ll respond really well to anything we do. It’s been fun to coach her.”

Rockets’ head coach Jess Stellmaker has coached Paulson since she was in 5th grade.

“I know how (Coach Stellmaker) rolls, and I know what I need to do to make her happy,” Paulson said. “She’s always been there for me, and always been one of the people who I look up to.”

Paulson has a setter’s mindset—she’s always thinking about her teammates around her.

“I always think what I can do to make my hitters better, or what can I say to help my passers be aware of,” Paulson said. “I want to make everything run smoothly and everything look good.”

“Setters are huge,” Stellmaker added. “They run the offense, they’re like the quarterback.”

Paulson also has some lofty goals—last week, in a win over Red Wing, she reached 1,000 career set-assists.

“It’s one of the things I’ve been trying to get ever since I knew you could reach that milestone,” Paulson said. “Knowing that I got to set up my hitters and they got the kill and them looking at me, it’s a great feeling.”

Paulson and the Rockets return to the hardwood on Tuesday at Owatonna.

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