Your Team's Volleyball Defense Strategy:
After Serving Where
Do You Go?

What is your team's volleyball defense strategy going to be to stop an opposing team's attack hit after your team sends the ball over the net during a rally? 


When playing defense, the ultimate goal of the defensive team is to keep the ball off their floor.


Volleyball Defense
Covering The Court


A team in defense has blockers that take one area at the net while diggers plant themselves in the back court outside of the area that the block takes.


In the video above the serving team (in white) is on defense. The team receiving the serve is in serve receive.  Once the serve crosses the net, the defensive team's three blockers wait at the net to try and stop the ball from coming into their court.

If the ball gets past the blockers, then the players in the back row play volleyball defense by digging the ball into the air to keep it off the ground. 

If they do, the team has two more contacts, for a total of three, to get the ball to one of their hitters and attack the ball back over the net. 


When the blockers  take away a certain area of the court, the diggers should systematically cover the other parts of the court.



This way most of the open spaces on the court are covered in team defense, making it harder for the opposing team to hit the ball to an open space. 

This is a basic explanation of volleyball defense strategy.

Individual volleyball defense skills like




As players learn more about the game, then they learn more advanced volleyball defense strategy like

  • digging the seam of the block 
  • playing more advanced defense systems like 
  1. rotational defense
  2. perimeter defense
  3. man up defense 
  4. man-back defense 


All these things are a part of learning how to adopt your team's volleyball defense strategies.


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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. 


Volleyball Defense Strategy:
Where To Go From Here


Alright, alright, alright! Time to study something something. You still have those three options: 

  1. Let's learn more about defense strategy for blocking, digging and how to defend your court by exploring the Related Links below. 
  2. Or you can choose the suggested reading on our Sitemap page   Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the Volleyball Strategy section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 

You might like these pages on volleyball strategy!

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