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Positions on the court


Outside Hitter (left side)- The player who carries the serve receive responsibility along with the Libero. Most often attacks the ball in which the setter sends to the life antenna. After the serve outside hitters place themselves to the from left position on the court. Outside hitters play both front and back row. They also pull back off the net to pass in a lot of offensive plays which makes them an important player on the team.

Right Side Hitter (right side)- Very similar to the role of the outside hitter, they play front row and back row. They pass, attack, block, serve and have defense responsibilities. They are positioned in the front right of the court. They also have the attack responsibility from the middle back position which is right behind the setter.

Opposite Hitter (attacker)- This player usually scores most of the points on the team. They do not have any passing responsibilities. They stand behind the passers on the rotation while the Libero and outside hitters pass. They usually get the most sets in the game. They have to be big blockers to be in this position.

Setter- The setter is the playmaker on the team. They set up all of the offensive plays just by who they set the ball to. They play both front and back row, therefore they must be able to block, serve, and play defence. The setter plays the right front or the right back position, always positioned on the right.

Middle Blocker (center, middle hitter)- Blocks all passes and reading the hit and pulling off appropriately.

Libero (defensive specialist)- Back row specialist who is allowed to play back row only. Wears a different colored shirt than the rest of the team and is allowed to enter and exit the game without calling for a substitution. Best passer on the court at all times and is commonly a target for big hits trying to get a shank out of them. Often plays in the back left hand position.