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In Volleyball, men’s and women’s teams compete in best-of-five-set matches. A set is won by the first team to reach 25 points (15 in the fifth set) – although the winning team must also be two points clear of their opponents.
Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team is unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.
In The Olympics
The Olympic Volleyball tournament was originally a simple competition: all teams played against each other team and then were ranked by wins, set average and point average. One disadvantage of this round-robin system is that medal winners could be determined before the end of the games making the audience lose interest in the outcome of the remaining matches. To cope with this situation, the competition was split into two phases with the addition of a "final round" elimination tournament consisting of quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals matches in 1972. The number of teams involved in the Olympic tournament has grown steadily since 1964. Since 1996, both men's and women's events count twelve participant nations. Each of the five continental volleyball confederations has at least one affiliated national federation involved in the Olympic Games.
Rules At a Glance
- Ball must be served from behind baseline of serves side of court
- Maximum of three touches of the ball per side (when rallying)
- First to 25 points wins (must win by 2 clear points)
- Points scored when opponents hit the net or hit the ball out of bounds
- Carrying, palming or throwing the ball is a foul
- Net height between 2.24m and 2.43m (women or mixed/men)
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