Volleyball positions


Volleyball positions:

OH: Outside (left side) or Opposite (right side) Hitter. Hitters are the primary scorers, usually having the final of three contacts with the volleyball. When a spike is scored, it is called a “Kill.”

Cy Springs’ Ielan Bradley (16) spikes the volleyball against Katy Paetow during a non-district match at Cy Springs High School, Sept. 10, 2019. Following the match, Bradley needed 11 kills to reach an even 1,000 career kills. She reached that milestone during the Lady Panthers’ match with Cy Ranch on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

S: Setter. Setters are the equivalent of football quarterbacks or basketball point guards. Normally, they set up the attack for the hitters, but can perform a “dump shot” by stealthily sending the ball over the net.

Lainey Click (4) sets the volleyball for Ielan Bradley (16) during the District 14-6A opener against CFISD HS #12. The CFISD HS #12 Bear volleyball team defeated the Cy-Springs Panthers, 3-0, during both teams’ first district match, Aug. 21, 2018. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

MB: Middle Blocker. Middle blockers, sometimes called a Middle Hitter, controls the middle portion of the net.

Ne Tania Livingston (6) brings the hammer against a pair of Paetow blockers, with libero D Ettra Johnson (10), Zemarah Lott (17) and Daija Perkins (12) in on the play. The Cy-Park Tiger volleyball teams battles Katy Paetow in a three-game loss Tuesday (Aug. 14, 2018). Cy-Park stands at 1-9 in its first varsity season. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

DS: Defensive Specialist. Players with solid digging skills and passing skills – essentially ball control to defend against the opposing team’s attacks.

Cy Springs’ volleyball team battles against Katy Paetow during a non-district match at Cy Springs High School, Sept. 10, 2019. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

L: Libero. Specialized player, with certain rules and limitations (e.g. wear a different colored jersey, can’t block, can’t set in the front of the 10-foot line), and their own substitution system. Liberos are similar to Defensive Specialists, who are focused on defensive skills such as digs, back-row hitting, and passing the volleyball. The Libero position was added to Texas public school volleyball by the UIL in the 2005 season (UIL Leaguer, Jan. / Feb. 2005).

Makensie Garner (7, orange) sets the ball as Katie Kessler (foreground) recovers from digging the ball during the Bears' 2018 season opener at CFISD HS #12 High School, Aug. 7, 2018. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)
Makensie Garner (7, orange) sets the ball as Katie Kessler (foreground) recovers from digging the ball during the Bears’ season opener at CFISD HS #12 High School. The CFISD HS #12 Bears volleyball team fell to Clear Brook in the program’s first varsity match, 29-27, 25-18, 25-23, Aug. 7, 2018. (Cypress News Review photo by Creighton Holub)

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