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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6’4” | 1.93 m
February 12, 1991
Earvin N’Gapeth
193.000
1991.00
11000
3D
Earvin N’Gapeth
6’6” | 1.98 m
August 25, 1989
Facundo Conte
198.000
1989.00
4100
3D
Facundo Conte
6’.5” | 1.84 m
January 10, 1979
Francesca Piccinini
184.000
1979.00
22000
3D
Francesca Piccinini
6’3” | 1.91 m
January 6, 1970
Gabrielle Reece
191.000
1970.00
96000
3D
Gabrielle Reece
6’8” | 2.03 m
October 2, 1988
Ivan Zaytsev
203.000
1988.00
27000
3D
Ivan Zaytsev
6’1” | 1.85 m
December 31, 1983
Jaqueline Carvalho
185.000
1983.00
13000
3D
Jaqueline Carvalho
8.15”-8.39” | 20.7-21.3 cm (Diameter)
9-10 oz | 260-280 g
Volleyball
21.300
0.280
5800
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VolleyballPerspective view of a 3D model of a VolleyballPerspective view of a 3D model of a Volleyball
Volleyball Attack
5250
3D
Volleyball Attack
Volleyball Block
1500
3D
Volleyball Block
Volleyball Bump
30
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Volleyball Bump
29.5' | 9 m
59’ | 18 m
1,743 ft2 | 161 m2
Volleyball Court
900.000
1800.000
161.00
37000
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Volleyball CourtView of a Volleyball Court in 3D available for downloadView of a Volleyball Court in 3D available for download
Volleyball Dig
1600
3D
Volleyball Dig
Volleyball Dive
200
3D
Volleyball Dive
Volleyball Jump Serve
350
3D
Volleyball Jump Serve
7’4.35"-7’ 11.7” | 2.24-2.43 m
36’ | 10.97 m (Total)
.16" | 4 mm
Volleyball Net
243.000
1097.000
0.400
20000
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Volleyball Net3D model of a Volleyball Net viewed in perspective3D model of a Volleyball Net viewed in perspective
Volleyball Set
3400
3D
Volleyball Set
Volleyball Underhand Serve
300
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Volleyball Underhand Serve
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
Facundo Conte
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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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Volleyball Dive

A Volleyball Dive is a type of a dig, where the object of the skill is to prevent the ball from touching the court while it is coming from a downward trajectory. It is performed when a player throws their body in the air with a forward movement in an attempt to save the ball and land it on a part of their body. It can be thought of as a technique to control how to fall on the floor while still playing the ball. The player should dive with their head up and eyes on the ball.

Set of illustrations of the Volleyball Dive performed by various male players
A Volleyball Dive is a type of a Dig, where the object of the skill is to prevent the ball from touching the court while it is coming from a downward trajectory. It is performed when a player throws their body in the air with a forward movement in an attempt to save the ball with their body.

Set of illustrations of the Volleyball Dive performed by various male players
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Skill Type: Defensive

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Volleyball Underhand Serve

The main objective of a serve is to make the ball land inside the opponent’s court. In a Volleyball Underhand Serve the player strikes the ball below the waist. The ideal point of contact is slightly below the center of the ball, as the ball needs to have an upward trajectory to make it over the net. The server should aim to hit the ball on the bottom half of the ball-slightly below the center. As Underhand Serves are considered to be very easy to receive, they are rarely used in high-level competitions.

Collection of drawings of men and women performing the Volleyball Underhand Serve
The main objective of a serve is to make the ball land in the opponent’s court. In a Volleyball Underhand Serve the player strikes the ball below the waist. The ideal point of contact is slightly below the center of the ball, as the ball needs to have an upward trajectory to make it over the net.

Collection of drawings of men and women performing the Volleyball Underhand Serve
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Skill Type: Service

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Jaqueline Carvalho
Group of scaled height illustrations of various volleyball players compared to Jaqueline Carvalho

Jaqueline Carvalho, born December 31, 1983, is a Brazilian volleyball player. She was a member of the Brazilian team that won the Olympic Games at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Carvalho was also a part of the national team that won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, and she also won the silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. In 2013 she won a fourth gold medal at the World Grand Prix after defeating Japan in the final match. She currently plays as an outside hitter for the Brazilian club Osasco Audax.

Jaqueline Carvalho has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Jaqueline Carvalho in volleyball positions measured with overall height
Jaqueline Carvalho, born December 31, 1983, is a Brazilian volleyball player. She was a member of the Brazilian team that won the Olympic Games at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Carvalho was also a part of the national team that won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Jaqueline Carvalho has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Jaqueline Carvalho in volleyball positions measured with overall height
Jaqueline Carvalho
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Nationality: Brazil

Years Active: 2001—

Birthday
December 31, 1983

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Jaqueline Carvalho standing, jumping, passing

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Francesca Piccinini
Group of scaled height illustrations of various volleyball players compared to Francesca Piccinini

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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