The Volleyball Wipe
To "wipe the block" with the ball has the same meaning as "tool the block."
Savvy outside hitters learn how to use the ball to wipe it off the block in such a way that it looks like they are intentionally going to hit the ball out of bounds.
But what they are really doing are positioning themselves so that when they hit or tip the ball into the blocker's hands, the ball will bounce off so it goes outside of the sidelines and out of bounds, scoring their team a point or a sideout.
The "wipe" or "swipe" is a great hitting option for short outside hitters who need a way "to beat the block" and to score a sideout or point for their team.
"Wiping the block" also called "tooling the block" is often used by short hitters who purposefully aim the ball when its in their hands for the outside hand or arm...the one closest to the antenna ...so the ball touches the arm and then is deflected out of bounds in a way that's difficult for their own defensive players to pick up or dig.
This is why the volleyball wipe is so successful because its an attack hit that's hard to dig by players in defense because the ball is deflected out of bounds off the blocker instead of into the opposing team's court.
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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.
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