No matter how a good a volleyball team is, no matter how talented, it is only as good as its setter.
Among Imperial Valley League setters, one of the best is Holtville High's Michelle Strahm.
In 3-0 set wins over Palo Verde and Imperial, Strahm finished with double-doubles in both contests. On Oct. 9 against Palo Verde, the 17-year-old senior finished with 15 assists and 10 points leading the Vikings to a 15-7, 15-13, 15-8 win. She followed that with a better performance against rival Imperial on Thursday with 21 assists and 12 points as Holtville won 15-12, 15-5, 15-4.
"Imperial had been doing really good so far this year and I expected it to be a good match," said Strahm, a team captain. "That was a pretty big match because it was Imperial. Just to hear that name, Imperial … we always get up for that one."
Still, the magnitude of the Vikings' next match is 10 times greater. At 6 tonight Strahm and her teammates will take on defending IVL champion Brawley.