Sarah Peterson


The libero's purpose was to increase the defense (Mesquita et. al, 1). People could pick out the libero easily because of his or her jersey. They wear a different color than everyone else. They don't need to check in and out by the referee. The libero is a specialist in the back row. Although a defensive specialist has to check in and out by the referee. Mesquia et. al concurs when they not, "the likelihood of an excellent defense occurring, which allows the team all its attack options, increased when the libero executed the defense" (1). The coach puts someone as a libero because they aren't the strongest hitters on the net; they are good at digging the balls up, and is marvelous at passing the ball. According to Jessica Morrison, "you can only have one libero player on the team" (1).


According to the WVA, "there are 5 different serves: basic underhand serve, overarm float, overarm topspin, roundhouse and jump serve" (1). Before you serve, you would stand behind the out-of-bounds line. Depending on the type of serve you do, the toss can be varied. For any type of floater serve you would stop your hand after you hit the ball. A topspin serve, you would want to follow through all the way to have the ball drop. It would help if you develop a serve that is reliable and then later develops into a serve which causes the other team to screw up (WVA, 1). If you have a serve that hits the floor in less than two hits, it is called an ace.

Boys vs Girls

According to Gustavo en al., female and male youth volleyball players were analyzed by considering game complex, serve type, attack tempo, attack type, and attack effectiveness, but only found the serve type, attack tempo, and the attack type different between the two (1). If you've ever watched a game with just males or just females, you would observe that the two play differently. I mean, the males get a better vertical for hitting, so they can drive it down faster. They also have more muscle capacity to hit the ball with more power than girls. Claimed by Gustavo en al, "there was a predominance of ground serves, placed attacks and slower attack plays in women's volleyball, therefore promoting a higher occurrence of counterattacks" (1).


Some positions are an outside hitter, middle hitter, setter, and libero. An outside hitter can be put into two different subcategories. There is a weak and strong side. The strong side is where usually a right handed person is their best at; it's also at the front left. Usually a left handed person is the strongest on weak which is found at the front right. The middle hitter is usually a taller person (Devine, 3). A middle blocker also has the responsibility to block every hit. A setter has the responsibility to get the second hit every time and set it to a hitter to get a kill off of it. Another position is the libero or the defensive specialist. Ana Devine states, "they do a lot of rolling and digging to keep the ball in play" (5). They both also have to make many saves from any tips balls from the blockers hands.


William G. Morgan volleyball was invented in the United States in 1895 (Devine, 1). According to Ana Devine, "Morgan combined facets of basketball, tennis and handball into "Mintonette," as it was first called" (2). Volleyball continued to change over time. The rules weren't the same as they what they are now. When volleyball was first made, you could have as many people on the court as you could. Volleyball has been in the Olympics since 1964 while beach volleyball has been a sport since 1996 (Devine, 5).


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  • Devine, Ana. "A Little History." A Simple Guide To Volleyball. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2013.