Spike Terms Used in Volleyball Hits What's A Kill? What's An Attack? 

These 2 hitting terms used in volleyball are words used on the scoresheet and stat sheet to record points when a player scores with an attack hit or a kill. 


These two terms used in volleyball spikes are the words and lingo used for hitters

during a volleyball rally in an attempt to score a point. 

  • the kill
  • the attack 




2 Spike Terms Used in Volleyball Spikes 
What's An Attack?


An 'attack' or 'attack hit' is done by a spiker also called an 'attacker' or 'hitter' in volleyball jumps and swings to hit a ball that's above the net on their sideover the net into the opponent's court in an attempt to score a point during a rally.


Types of Attack Hits: What is attacking in Volleyball?

A fast speed aggressive attack is called a hard hit or volleyball spike when a spiker uses a 3-4 step approach jump into the air and an aggressive armswing to contact the ball (Aversen)A fast speed aggressive attack is called a hard hit or volleyball spike when a spiker uses a 3-4 step approach jump into the air and an aggressive armswing to contact the ball (Aversen)


An attack or 'attack hit' can be

  • hard, fast and aggressive, or
  • medium speed or
  • slow touch and slow speed hits

Fast speed aggressive attack or attack hits


Medium speed attack or attack hits

  • an off speed shot taken after an approach but with a slower armswing like a cut shot

Slow speed attack or attack hits


Another 'type of attack' can also be an underhanded contact with the ball used when passing the ball is the third contact made on the ball over the net during a rally.   


2 Spike Terms Used in Volleyball Spikes
What is a Kill?


A hitter, attacker or spiker is credited with a 'kill" long as the ball gets past the block and hits the floor without the opposing team being able to play or pick it up, then the "attack hit" is called a "kill"

A 'kill' is a statistical term used to give credit on the stat sheet to an attacker who scores a point with an attack hit. 

An attack which usually occurs on the third contact in a rally can take many forms

It can be

You will be credited with a 'kill' if you score a point with any of the above types of hits




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