The Kong Block: Volleyball Blocking With One Arm Instead of Two Arms

The phrase "Kong block" is a volleyball term inspired by the movie character King Kong and refers to a player who blocks the ball with one arm instead of two.


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Blocking in volleyball is the first line of defense for the serving team in a rally.



The Kong Block




This is the volleyball slang word most players use when they successfully make an aggressive blocking move against that one opposing player that has been making really hard spikes during the game and has been scoring a lot of points.


Terms For Volleyball Blocking Skills
What's a Kong block?


What's a Kong block?

The phrase "Kong" block refers to a player who blocks a volleyball with one arm instead of two.

The Kong block was made famous and popularized by American beach champion and Hall of Fame inductee Randy Stoklos.



Instead of taking one area of the net away he would take two areas by splitting his hands when he jumped, so that both arms were almost parallel to the net but they were still penetrating above and over the plane of the net in an attempt to stop the hitter's from hitting either angle.

When he managed to block the ball, it was with one arm and it was a spectacular play.



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