Terminology of Volleyball Hitting
Here are four hitting terms that spikers should learn in order to increase their attacking options.
cut shot -
The cut shot or the "cutty" is used by a player who is in zone 2 on their court and attacks the ball with an off-speed shot to zone 2 of the opposing team's court.
The player can also hit a cut shot if they are in zone 4 on one side and contact the ball so it crosses the net and/or over the block to zone 4 of the opposing team's court.
This shot is primarily used in beach volleyball and is very effective as a hitting option for players, especially those who are shorter and may be confronted with a big block or those who are looking for another option to just hitting the ball hard all the time.
To hit the "cutty" (aka cut shot) a player
either the left one if the player is in or near zone 4 or
cross court shot -
The difference between a cut shot and a cross court shot is that a cut shot falls within three meters or ten feet from the net whereas a cross court shot falls anywhere along that opposite sideline.
cross court hit -
A cross court hit is a hard driven spike or hit directed at an angle that lands in the area within the opposite sideline of the opposing team's court.
So if a player on team A is hitting from zone 4 on her side and her hard driven spike lands anywhere in or around zone 4 or zone 5 in the opposing team's court, then she scored a point or a sideout with her cross court hit.
The same is valid if the team A player is a right side hitter who is spiking the ball from zone 2 on her side to zone 2 or zone 1 on the opposing team's side then she made a cross court hit
line shot -
The line shot is another hitting or shot option for the spiker which requires the hitter to contact the ball so it travels parallel to and within the sideline closest to them.
A player hitting from zone 4 is hitting line or making a line shot if they spike the ball or hit an off speed shot to zone 5 in the opposing team's court, or if they are hitting from zone 2 then they are making the line shot if their spiked ball or off speed shot goes in or near zone 4 or zone 5 in the opposing team's court.
Here are three options:
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