Hey guys! I just thought I'd make a thread for volleyball players to chat. I am a high school volleyball player (varsity libero, thank you very much) and I have already met a few other vb players on NB. Thought this would be a great place to discuss the game, let out our frustrations, give each others tips and whatnot, and bond with fellow queens of the court.
Hi! I'm Catalina and this will be my third year of playing volleyball (I played in 7th and 8th grade). My favored position to play is middle blocker, since I am on the tallish side.
I am mainly a cross-country runner but I like volleyball, it's like an extension of cross country.
:) I played for 7 years through school and in leagues and such after that. Been rather sporadic since getting married!
Mostly OH and setter (when they couldn't find someone who really wanted to set!). I'm an okay setter, but I could hit and block all day.
They switched to the whole libero thing a couple years after I left school so I've never played with one.
Honestly, I find it hard to understand the point. So tell me about your position! What's the purpose of the libero? what does she bring to the game that the average DS doesn't? How does a libero alter a standard 6/2 or 5/1 rotation?
And in general, how's everyone's jump serve? I never quite got great at it. At my peak I could make it work, but had a lot more precision with my normal serve.
Anybody play beach? Had my first foray into 2 on 2 beach this summer, and it was fun! A lot to get used to though.
I played for six years before choosing not to play in college (I got academic scholarships to better schools than I got athletic offers). I mainly played libero with a little bit of setter and outside hitter thrown in, and I used to coach and give private lessons.
Catalina- volleyball was my second sport too, but I was a soccer player first and foremost.
Kala_way - unlike a DS a libero can sub in for any player (but can only serve for one), doesn't count against your number of substitutions, and can only play on backrow. They don't change the typical 6/2 or 5/1 rotation because usually your libero is in for either your MBs or OHs when they're on back row but the rotation itself doesn't change. Basically your Libero is usually your best DS.
I jump served in high school but it was more of a modified jump float serve than a true jump topspin. It was fairly effective but looked slightly ridiculous.
I always wanted to play beach but I'm fairly short so all I've ever played was just for kicks with some teammates or friends.
Does anyone else have any coaching experience? It gave me a whole different view of the game.
Ah, I do remember hearing most of that around re: libero. I guess it's not the sort of things that's necessary in league play :) I would definitely have not been a good libero. I can hold my own, but as far as I'm concerned the less time I spend in backrow the better.
Originally Posted by lonestar
I have a friend who's barely 5 feet and she's played strictly beach for years now. She used to do tons of tournaments as well. So if the beach is calling, then don't feel like you have to be limited by your height. You may not be Misty May but can still be awesome.
Nope, never coached. Though I've had my share of the good and the bad. I definitely appreciate my great coaches. It's a hard job, especially when you've got a lot of different levels.
Unofficial volleyball player over here! I love volleyball with a passion, but I don't have the time to be on an organized team. :( I enjoy jump spiking (preferably into my opponent's face ;)) and underhand serving. My overhand serve sucks. So yep, that's about it :p
Hey guys! sorry I didn't check back sooner, but I'm so glad to hear from some other VBlovers.
@Catalina: I also like running, though I can't do xcountry because it's the same season as volleyball. I wish I was tall! So jealous. I'm only a little over five foot, so I'm rather short. By default, that means I got drafted to back row, haha. Which isn't bad, I like passing. I can't imagine playing at the net. :$.
@kala_way: Wow seven years under your belt! And a hitter! I really admire hitters. Since I'm always passing, I can't imagine having such precise timing when jumping to hit the ball just right. Just awe-inspiring. My BFF is the setter on our team. (She Irish, so naturally she's an Irish setter. tee hee)
As far as liberos, I suppose it's not as glamorous as it might sound. Basically, I wear a different color, and I am the designated passer on the team, the one who can (supposedly) always get the ball right to target, and dig up the hardest hits. Liberos have the privilege of going in at any time for anyone in the back row. So, like if there is another player in back row that isn't much of a passer, the coach will send me in temporarily. In my most normal rotation, I go in for the middles when they hit back row. So I play almost constantly. Theoretically, the only difference between a DS and libero is that the libero has been ranked slightly above the DS in skill. Technically, I say my position is DS, though because it's not always guaranteed each season that I'll be libero. Sorry, that was long winded but when I start writing I can't stop. As for beach volleyball, the closest I've come is my friend's sand court at her house, but I doubt that's realistic. I've never actually played on a beach, or a proper beach court. (in pro beach vb, isn't the sand like feet deep?). But I'd love to try beach! Oh, and jump serve? Yeah....no.
Lonestar: yay, another libero! Any valuable passing advice for a high schooler? And no way, I played soccer too! That started as my main sport, til seventh grade when I started volleyball. I juggled both for one season, then chose volleyball. Sometimes I miss soccer, though. But there's really no going back now, when all that's left is senior year. by the way, do you think you could coach our team, lol? We all really despise our coach. Like passionately.
Em: That's great that you still play! Don't worry, you'll get the hang at your overhand serve eventually. The toss is key. ;)
Hi fellow volleyball players!
I've played for 4 years now, always as a middle hitter/blocker. I'm in my 3rd year of club, and I play on the JV team at school (I'm a freshman, for those who are curious).
Volleyball is my life, my escape, my passion, my love. It's basically all I do win my free time, all my friends are volleyball teammates from some point in my life. It's great to see so many others who love it too! Best sport in the world! :)
Hi Jules! Good to hear from such a dedicated volleyball player! You must be tall if you play middle! I'm jealous. :)
Irish Setter, that's funny :D
Originally Posted by larkub101
I admire the commitment of a great DS. I don't spend much time on the ground and though I'm a solid passer, I'm always amazed by those who can not only dig everything but get it perfectly to the setters hands. As a setter, I greatly appreciated my good DS's. Made my job 100x's easier.
Yea, the depth of the sand depends. I live in Southern California so our sand is super deep. Jumping is tough and moving quick is a challenge as well. We always laugh when we watch the "beach" circuit of pros on TV and see them in the middle of the country somewhere and they've obviously just poured a couple truckloads of sand down and called it a beach court. If you can see the tops of their feet and their toes, it's hardly a beach court. When they're sweeping the sand with their feet to have a level base, when you sink to your ankles practically, and your feet are burning from the heat of the sand....that's a beach court.