Serve A Volleyball To Score Points
Here Are Two Ace Serving Strategies

Need to score points from the service line? Here are two places to serve a volleyball in the opposing team's court for direct points or to put them in trouble.


After Improving your volleyball serving technique its important to find places on the court where you can serve in volleyball so you place the opposing team in difficulty. 

Just serving the ball over the net isn't enough against tough teams.

You need to serve a volleyball so its hard for the other team to run a play. 

  • Serve the 5/6 seam or 6/1 seam from the middle of your service end line
  • Serve short to the right Front or Position 2 is a smart play. 


Where To Serve A Volleyball
Serve the seams of the court between zone 5 and deep to zone 6 or between zone 6 and zone 1


Because the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. 

Instead of serving from either corner of the volleyball court - which when you serve cross court gives a passer more time to get in position because the ball is coming from farther away...try standing right in the middle of the baseline and serve the seams between the two passers in zone 5 and zone 6 or zone 6 and zone 1. 



Usually in the backrow there are two people in serve receive (just like in beach volleyball).

Both the left back and middle back or middle back and right back receivers are forced to decide on or fight over the "divorce maker" ball that goes right down the middle between the two of them.

If done right the ball will fall right between the two passers and you the server are a HERO not a ZERO! 


Where To Serve A Volleyball
Serve short to the right front or Position 2 is a smart play. 


The same argument applies here about serving the TALL girl in the front row as an option - if she is in the position 2 spot but there's something else you need to look for.

Look for the Setter coming from the Right side of the court.

If you serve the front row player who is passing in position 2, when the Setter is coming from the right side of the court...the setter has to track the ball that was passed OVER her shoulder - her left shoulder while moving towards the net - then she has to set the ball quickly.

Why?



Because she has very little time to adjust to a ball that has been passed right from the position she JUST came from.

Or served right to the position she just came from however you want to look at the situation. 

No matter what, if the ball is served to the front row she has much less time to track the ball, stop, then set the ball especially if its an imperfect pass.



Additionally if the ball isnt passed perfectly then the setter has an even harder time of giving her hitters a good set, usually the ball is set off the net, the hitter makes an easier hit to dig and the defense has an easier time of digging the ball...ALL because of YOUR strategically placed serve.

So, the next time you have to serve in volleyball practice - set goals for yourself and MAKE your serves count for points in practice.


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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 



The Volleyball Serve 
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  1. You can learn more about Serving by visiting the related links below.                            
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