Volleyball is a team sport in which players use their hands to hit a volleyball over the net in an attempt to land the ball on the opponent’s ground. Each team of six players has a maximum of three consecutive touches, a rally, to attempt to return the ball across the net. Points are scored when a team makes a kill by grounding the ball on the opponent’s side or if a player makes a fault or foul. Common strategies used in volleyball are spiking and blocking the ball at the net which both highlight a player’s height and vertical abilities. Volleyball is played on both indoor courts and beach courts that are both sanctioned as official Olympic variants of the sport.

Who invented volleyball?

Volleyball was invented by William G. Morgan in 1895 as a game that conceptually combined various aspects of tennis, badminton, basketball, baseball, and handball. The original name for volleyball was ‘mintonette’ which was a spin-off of the name badminton.

How many players are on a volleyball team?


Volleyball teams consist of six players on the court at any one time with a maximum of twelve total players listed on the roster. Beach volleyball is played with teams of two.

How long is a volleyball game?

The average volleyball game lasts between 60-90 minutes with each individual game lasting roughly 20-25 minutes. Volleyball is not timed and a game is only completed when a team has won three games out of five possible games.

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Earvin N’Gapeth
Set of scaled height illustrations of various volleyball players compared to Earvin N’Gapeth

Earvin N’Gapeth, born April 12, 1991, is a French volleyball player. He is a member of the France National Volleyball Team and the Russian club Zenit Kazan. N’Gapeth was the gold medalist of the World League (2015, 2017), 2015 European Champion, 2010 French Champion, and 2016 Italian Champion. In 2017, for the second year in a row, N’Gapeth was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the FIVB World League. He plays as an outside hitter, and outside of volleyball N’Gapeth is a model and brand ambassador for Adidas.

Earvin N’Gapeth has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Collection of drawings of Earvin N’Gapeth measured with overall height
Earvin N’Gapeth, born April 12, 1991, is a French volleyball player. He is a member of the France National Volleyball Team and the Russian club Zenit Kazan. N’Gapeth was the gold medalist of the World League (2015, 2017), 2015 European Champion, 2010 French Champion, and 2016 Italian Champion.

Earvin N’Gapeth has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

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Nationality: France

Years Active: 2008—

Birthday
February 12, 1991

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Earvin N’Gapeth standing, jumping, passing

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Gabrielle Reece
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Gabrielle Reece, born January 6, 1970, is an American professional volleyball player. Outside of her volleyball career, she is a sports announcer, fashion model, and actress. Reece played volleyball at Florida State University, and while there, she set two school volleyball records in solo blocks (240) and total blocks (747). After graduation she played on professional volleyball tours for many years. For four consecutive years Reece was the WBVL kills leader from 1993-1996. From 1994-95 she was named the Offensive Player of the Year, and the League blocks leader in 1993. Reece competed in the 1999-2000 Olympic Challenge Series and the 1999-2000 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

Gabrielle Reece has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

Collection of drawings of Gabrielle Reece measured with overall height
Gabrielle Reece, born January 6, 1970, is an American professional volleyball player. Outside of her volleyball career, she is a sports announcer, fashion model, and actress. Reece played volleyball at Florida State University, and while there, she set two school volleyball records in blocks.

Gabrielle Reece has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1993-2000

Birthday
January 6, 1970

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Gabrielle Reece standing, jumping, passing

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Ivan Zaytsev
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Ivan Zaytsev, born October 2, 1988, is an Italian volleyball player of Russian origin. He is the captain of the Italy Men’s National Volleyball Team and the Russian club Kuzbass Kemerovo. He is the bronze medalist of the Olympic Games London 2012, silver medalist of the European Championship (2011, 2013), bronze medalist of the World League (2013, 2014), Italian Champion (2014), and silver medalist of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Zaytsev started his career as a setter but later moved to the outside hitter role. He plays as a Wing Spiker while being a very strong defender, setter, and passer.

Ivan Zaytsev has a height of 6’8” (2.03 m).

Set of illustrations of Ivan Zaytsev in various volleyball poses measured with overall height
Ivan Zaytsev, born October 2, 1988, is an Italian volleyball player of Russian origin. He is the captain of the Italy Men’s National Volleyball Team and the Russian club Kuzbass Kemerovo. He is the bronze medalist of the Olympic Games London 2012, silver medalist of the European Championship (2011,

Ivan Zaytsev has a height of 6’8” (2.03 m).

Set of illustrations of Ivan Zaytsev in various volleyball poses measured with overall height
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Nationality: Italy

Years Active: 2004—

Birthday
October 2, 1988

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Ivan Zaytsev standing, jumping, passing

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Facundo Conte
Scaled height comparison drawings of Facundo Conte compared to other volleyball players

Facundo Conte, born August 25, 1989, is an Argentine volleyball player. He is a member of the Argentina Men’s National Volleyball Team and Brazilian club Sada Cruzeiro. He participated in the London Olympic Games in 2012, was the gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games, and was the silver medalist at the 2011 South American Championship. Conte was a part of the Skra Belchatow team that won the Polish Championship in 2014 and the Shanghai Golden Age team that won the Chinese Championship in 2017 and 2018. Conte plays as an outside hitter.

Facundo Conte has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Set of illustrations of Facundo Conte in various volleyball poses measured with overall height
Facundo Conte, born August 25, 1989, is an Argentine volleyball player. He is a member of the Argentina Men’s National Volleyball Team and Brazilian club Sada Cruzeiro. He participated in the London Olympic Games in 2012, and was the gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Facundo Conte has a height of 6’6” (1.98 m).

Set of illustrations of Facundo Conte in various volleyball poses measured with overall height
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Nationality: Argentina

Years Active: 2005—

Birthday
August 25, 1989

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Facundo Conte standing, jumping, passing

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Francesca Piccinini
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Francesca Piccinini, born January 10, 1979, is an Italian volleyball player. She has represented Italy four times in the Summer Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012). Piccinini was a member of the Women’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany. While playing professionally with the Italian club Volley Bergamo, she was awarded the “Most Valuable Player” title after the team won the 2009-10 CEV Indesit Champions League Title. She received this title again in 2016 while playing with Pomi Casalmaggiore for the DenizBank Champions League. She currently plays for the Futura Volley Busto Arsizio as a Wing Spiker.

Francesca Piccinini has a height of 6’ 1/2” (1.84 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Francesca Piccinini in volleyball positions measured with overall height
Francesca Piccinini, born January 10, 1979, is an Italian volleyball player. She has represented Italy four times in the Summer Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012). Piccinini was a member of the Women’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship in Germany.

Francesca Piccinini has a height of 6’ 1/2” (1.84 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Francesca Piccinini in volleyball positions measured with overall height
Francesca Piccinini
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Nationality: Italy

Years Active: 1995—

Birthday
January 10, 1979

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Francesca Piccinini standing, jumping, passing

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