After the departure of Jessica Barney in 2002, the setting position seemed to be up in the air heading into spring. As September rolls around, setter may be the Sooners' soundest position.
McCarter, who transferred from Arkansas with one year of eligibility remaining, will be the starter when the season gets under way in Pullman, Wash., with the Cougar Classic Aug. 29. McCarter brings ideal height (6-0) and Southeastern Conference experience to the table.
McCarter's biggest role on the Sooner squad may be mentoring freshmen Monsen and Jackson.
"Kelly will definitely be a role model for Rachel and Anna," said Mahi. "We hope the freshmen can learn from Kelly. She has a great amount of experience and is one of our better decision makers."
Monsen will enter 2003 as the quickest athlete on the team, a characteristic Mahi cherishes in setters. She is the first athlete in Wisconsin history to win the 100-meter dash all four years of high school. She brings speed and numerous All-State honors to the Sooner hardwood.
Jackson could be the biggest sleeper on the team. She has a vast amount of club and high school experience and simply loves to play volleyball.