Dig Volleyball Spikes Like They Do In College!

Keep The Ball Off The Floor With Better Volleyball Digging 

Learn to dig volleyball balls that are hit hard and fast !

You know..the ones that may not give you much time to react to,

Here's what you should do.

Ashley Dusek, Kentucky Volleyball

Watch The Ball. The Setter. The Ball... Then The Hitter

After your team has served the ball over the net....

1. Watch the pass as the other team passes the ball to their setter. 

2. Then watch the setter to see how and who she's going to set the ball to.

3. Watch the ball as it travels to the hitter. 

4. Watch the hitter to interpret quickly the best place for you to

be while in the back row behind your blockers.

5. Make sure you are not behind the blockers and that you can see the

hitter clearly as she hits the ball into your court. 

Watch Cat McCoy's unbelievable volleyball digs. 

Watch Longhorns Cat McCoy The New All Time Digs Leader

Then shift your eyes  to watch the ball as it comes towards you.

You are lowering your hips at the same time so they are below

the level of the oncoming ball, which helps you

  • direct the ball into the air and 
  • keeps it on your team's side of the net once you contact the

ball with your platform. 

By keeping the ball on your side of the net, now its your team's

turn to run an offensive play.  

Your team's goal is to send the ball to the opposing team's court floor so

your squad scores a point.  

Many times during a match, as a digger you have to dig volleyball

spikes by chasing a ball, taking several steps to make a dig for a ball that

was hit far from where you are positioned in defense. 

To dig a ball that's more than 2-3 steps away from you, you need

to know how to dig volleyball spikes on the move, then complete

your digging action and fall to the ground in a way that you get

back up and keep playing without getting hurt. 

Watch unbelievable volleyball digs by
this Texas girls high school volleyball player!

Autumn Finney's defense was so spectacular
she was featured on Sports Center!

In the video above libero Autumn Finney and her teammates used the

roll to dig volleyballs that were

a) low to the ground and

b) far away from the net

in order to keep the ball from hitting the floor, while they worked to get

the ball closer to and eventually over the net.

If you haven't seen the video, now is the time to look at it before

continuing on reading this page, 

Dig Volleyball Spikes Using The Roll Technique : What's a "roll"?

The roll  is one of the several acrobatic individual defense

techniques you can use to collapse to the ground after

finishing  a dig.

This technique helps you complete your defense

action safely and  most importantly...allows the play to continue without

the ball hitting the floor.

Enjoy this Volleyball Digging Gif of Fighting Irish Libero Ryann DeJarlo!

The "roll" is used as a way to

  • finish to the floor and
  • recover your footing after digging an attacked or deflected ball you had to leave your feet and hit the ground for

In practice, you are usually taught different ways to fall to the

floor when you have to dig a ball that's either a

few feet a way from you or even further away.

Depending on how far you go to dig a ball, will determine what kind of 

technique to use to contact the floor after contacting the ball.

The roll  is a method used by players who have to leave their

base defensive position to run more than several feet to chase a

ball to keep it from hitting the floor of the court.

The roll itself does not get the ball up, but once a player


  • outstretched their arm to dig the ball while at the same time
  • extending their whole body to its full length to reach and make contact with the ball, 

the momentum continues to move the body forward and

that player needs a safe way to fall to the ground without getting hurt.

The key to performing the roll without getting bruised

continuously is to stay low to the ground and to play the ball as

low to the ground as possible.

This volleyball dig video became so popular it was trending on Twitter!

Texas Girls high school volleyball player Autumn Finney  pulled off one

of the greatest volleyball digging displays ever caught on tape.

Finney soars through the air and somehow makes

a successful diving save.

This volleyball dig video became so popular it was trending on Twitter!

How To Dig Volleyball Spikes While Protecting Your Knees

Another key to rolling correctly is being able to keep your knees

from banging the floor.

That's why kneepads are usually a required part of a player's


Notice...in the two videos above, none of the players fall to their knees!

Upon contacting the ground the players roll to the sides of their body...to

their hip and to the side of their lower leg...turning to their side before

making impact to the ground.  

That's how Autumn and her teammates were able to land safely on the

court floor after reaching to dig the ball...and still continue playing...

Learning how to dig volleyball hits in a low position means that

you start in a low position and finish in a low position which

keeps you only a few inches from the floor when you start and

complete the roll.

When players stand up too high to dig a ball that's when they get

more bruises because they now have further to fall before

they contact the ground.

  1. Improve Your Volleyball
  2.  ›
  3. Teaching Skills
  4.  ›
  5. Dig Spikes Like They Do in College

  1. Improve Your Volleyball
  2.  ›
  3. Positions
  4.  ›
  5. Dig Spikes Like They Do in College

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.