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    • Volleyball Tip: Better the Ball Created: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Each and every time you contact the volleyball, your goal should be to make it the best possible contact you can muster. Bettering the ball means to do your absolute best to put the ball in a good ...
    • NCAA Men: If Life Was Fair, Would NCAA Playoffs Be West Coast Dominated? Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      For the first time in NCAA men's volleyball, instead of three conference winners and an at-large bid, a committee will be choosing all six teams that we'll see competing for the national title in a couple of weeks. Chances are, there will be some heated discussion no matter which teams are chosen. But this year, if life was fair, would the committee choose five west coast teams and Loyola Chicago? Or would that be the opposite of fair?
    • All About the Volleyball Libero Created: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
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    • How to Play Read Defense Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Playing defense is all about reading and reacting to whatever situation unfolds in front of you. In volleyball, the situation on the court is constantly changing. To play defense means taking all of those things into consideration and moving yourself into the position where you need to be. It is important for the defense to read what is happening and place themselves in position to dig the ball as best they can. Here are some tips to do that.
    • Understanding Volleyball Rotation Created: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The basics of volleyball rotation and how to avoid the overlap.
    • Road to Final Four - Men 2010 Created: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      2010 was a very special year for the Stanford Cardinal. After losing an assistant coach to cancer and suffering through some serious setbacks, the team bonded together to realize their late coaches...
    • New AVP Owner Donald Sun Created: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Donald Sun stepped in to buy the AVP in 2012, two years after the Tour declared bankruptcy. Here is some information on the new owner including his background and a couple of Q and As leading up to...
    • VIDEO: Stacy Sykora - Vision Training Created: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Stacy Sykora returned to the court after a bus accident left her in a coma for several days. She suffers from visual problems after the brain injury. In this video, we tag along with Stacy as she w...
    • 2013 MPSF Conference Tournament Created: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Here are the team profiles for each of the four teams playing in the MPSF Conference Tournament Semifinals." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The Pac-12 Network is broadcasting men's volleyball. Great news indeed. But scheduling and accessibility are issues in this first year of coverage." itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
    • Oregon Rides Momentum Shift to Championship Match Created: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The Penn State Nittany Lions faced the Oregon Ducks in the semi-final in an attempt to head to their fifth national championship match in six years. The Ducks, who made their first appearance in th...
    • 2012 NCAA Regional Team Profiles - South Regional Created: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Team profiles for the 2012 Women's Volleyball Final Four - South Regional" itemprop="description"> Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The beach volleyball competition will take place at Horse Guards Parade in London. Check out the schedule, standings and results of the competition here along with the U.S. times the games will be ...
    • FIVB World League 2012 Created: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      World League schedule, standings and results for 2012. The World League tournament will take place in two separate time frames this year to make time for the remaining unqualified teams to compete ...
    • 2011 World League Volleyball Schedule and Results Created: Monday, May 30, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The World League volleyball competition schedule of matches and game results from May 27 - July 10, 2011" itemprop="description"> Wednesday, March 02, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      There is much more to getting kills in volleyball than hitting the ball hard, but it sure is fun and it can make an authoritative statement to your opponent. If you want to hit the ball harder, mak...
    • How to Play Well on the Road Created: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      When traveling to play volleyball, you often lose a little control over your conditions. It is important to remain as much on your usual routine as you can when on the road if you want to play well...
    • 2009 FIVB Grand Prix Volleyball Schedule and Results Created: Thursday, August 06, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The schedule and results for the 2009 FIVB Grand Prix Volleyball Tournament" itemprop="description"> Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Flo Hyman was one of the best players ever to play the game. Read about her contribution to volleyball.
    • Opposite Created: Thursday, July 23, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Volleyball Positions give each person on the court a specific role and a job to do. If you're the Opposite, here is what you need to do." itemprop="description" Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Information about each volleyball position and what they are expected to do on the court.
    • Service Error Created: Thursday, March 25, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Service Error - Definition of Volleyball Term
    • Screen Created: Thursday, March 25, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Screen - Definition of Volleyball Term
    • Pepper Created: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Pepper - Definition of Volleyball Term
    • Libero Created: Monday, March 15, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Libero - Definition of Volleyball Term
    • Volleyball Positions - Outside Hitter Created: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      What is the role of the outside hitter? Here is a comprehensive, expert-written article concerning this position on a volleyball team." itemprop="description"="description" Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      2014 marks the first year of the new NCAA men's volleyball play-in match format. After the initial rules drew criticism, the format was changed late last year. Now the selection committee has the NCAA Tournament almost entirely in its hands as it will select the teams and decide the seeding. Without the automatic berths from conference tournament championships, the entire process could be subjective and is likely to spark controversy no matter how it shakes out.
    • Keys to a Solid Passing Platform Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      You may have heard the word "platform" thrown about by volleyball coaches. When mentioned, the coach is referring to the area between your hands and your elbows where you should be contacting the ball when attempting to pass or bump the volleyball. Ideally, a good platform will ensure that you pass the ball well and consistently. Without one, you are almost guaranteed to shank the ball or not be able to control it at will. With a good platform, the ball should go exactly where you want it to, and that's what we mean when we say "ball control." It is key for any volleyball team and should not be under-appreciated.
    • Is Ary Graça Involved in Brazilian Federation Corruption Scandal? Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Just after the news broke that the Korea Volleyball Federation was under investigation for corruption, another volleyball governing body met a similar fate this week. Unfortunately, this one has larger implications for the sport as a whole because it involves the current president of the international governing body. Ary Graça promised openness, transparency and a democratic process. And it seemed that he was taking steps toward making that happen in his first months in office. But now the national organization that he led for the last 17 years is under investigation for corruption.
    • 2014 Beach Volleyball Schedule Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      The 2014 pro beach volleyball schedule is on the books and the FIVB, AVP and NVL have chosen their tentative tournament dates. Though there are likely to be changes to the existing dates, here's the schedule as it stands and results will be posted as the tournaments take place. Also check out the win leaders in both men's and women's pro beach tours on the international and domestic fronts.
    • NCAA Sand Volleyball Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      NCAA Sand Volleyball officially debuted in 2012 and since then has grown so quickly that it has been difficult to keep track. But in 2014 the sport reached the 40-team threshold it needed to be inc...
    • Growth of the Sport of Volleyball Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      The sport of volleyball is in a constant state of change. From rule changes, to league changes, to new NCAA sports, volleyball advocates are trying whatever they can to increase the visibility and ...

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