Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best volleyball players from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Volleyball is a sport where two teams face each other on a smooth playing field separated by a net, which is located in the middle of the court. The objective is to pass the ball over the net into opponent’s side and score points when the ball is not returned, falling into the regulatory space. A game is played in three, four or five sets and the team that wins 3 sets is declared winner. A team wins a set when it reaches or exceeds 25 points with a lead of two.
Two teams of six square off on an indoor court measuring 18 m by 9 m. In the middle of the court, there is a net measuring 2.43 m high for men and 2.24 m high for women. The objective of the game is to land the ball in the opposing team’s half of the court. Our men’s and women’s teams are currently training hard to reach a spot on the Lima 2019 podium.
In 1895, William Morgan, a YMCA instructor in Massachusetts, developed a game that incorporated elements of basketball, tennis, baseball and handball but demanded less physical contact than basketball for a class of businessmen. Originally called mintonette, Morgan added a net of 6 ft. 6 in. (1.98 m) to his newly created game. During a demonstration of the game, it was noted that the players were volleying the ball back and forth; hence the term “volleyball.” The sport has grown quickly since that time and was first contested at the 1955 Pan Am Games.
Block: When a player blocks an opposing player by jumping at the net with arms in the air.
Ace: A serve that results directly in a point.
Dig: When a player places both arms together when hitting the ball. Often used as a result of a spike from the opposing team.
Libero: A defensive player who plays in the back row and can be substituted for any other player. They may wear a different color uniform and may not make an attack.
Spike: To smash the ball into the opponent’s court using an overhead motion.