Terms

Dig

Passing a spiked or rapidly hit ball. Slang for the art of passing an attacked ball close to the floor

Spike

Also called a hit or attack. A ball contacted with force by a player on the offensive team who intends to terminate the ball on the opponent's floor or off the opponent's blocker.

Set

The tactical skill in which a ball is directed to a point where a player can spike it into the opponent's court.

Block

A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter’s court. It may be a combination of one, two or three players jumping in front of the opposing spiker and contacting the spiked ball with the hands.

Bump

Joining arms from the elbows to the wrists and striking the ball with the fleshy part of the forearms in an underhand motion.

Serve

One of the six basic skills; used to put the ball into play. It is the only skill controlled exclusively by one player.

Ace

A serve that is not passable and results immediately in a point.

Kill

An attack that results in an immediate point.

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