Adopt a fearless attitude about hitting.
Great hitters have confidence in their ability to hit against any block.
Become a tenacious tiger about hitting against a two-person block.
Remember you have options making you effective against a two-person block.
Believe you can determine a solution to beating or hitting past any block. You must know and convince yourself you have the advantage as a hitter.
Exploit the holes in the block.
Look for holes between the middle blocker and the outside blocker in front of you.
Aim your spike fearlessly right for that “seam.”
Aim for the seam when the middle blocker and outside blocker do not go up and block together.
The seam is between the outside blocker’s hands and the middle blocker’s hands, that space they’re supposed to close when they block.
Ask your back row players, between plays, to tell you whether the middle blocker is late closing the block.
They are perfectly positioned to help you see what is going on in the front row.
Use your back row players to help when you are in the front row.
Ask them to tell what they see is open and what the other team is or is not doing.
Wipe the ball off the block. “Use” the block instead of always trying to hit past it.
You can learn to wipe the ball off the hands of the outside block no matter how tall you are.
This helps you become a point-making machine.
Hit the ball hard so it comes back off her arm and outside the sideline.
Hitting like this keeps the defense from covering the ball, makes points, creates sideouts, keeps you in the game, and makes you a confident player with reliable hitting options against a tall block.
Practice “wiping the block” with a coach.
The coach stands on a table or chair with a flat wooden board a couple of inches above the volleyball net.
You purposefully practice hitting that board, aiming for the board like you are going to hit down the line.
Aim straight ahead with your spiking arm “follow through” finishing with your spiking arm coming down across your body.
The ball comes back over your outside shoulder to the outside of the volleyball court.
Mix up your shots, especially in long rallies.
This keeps the block guessing and off balanced about what you are going to do and how you are going to attack next.
Watch where the opposing team sets up in defense when you are in the back row on defense.
Plan and think ahead so you already know where the open spots are on the opposing team’s court when you get to the front row.
Learn to “own” the middle of the opposing team’s court.
Make this the place where you practice putting hundreds of roll shots and off speed shots in practice.
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