Lipping a ball is a strong impressive volleyball dig used to keep the ball off the floor.
This volleyball term "dig lips" or "digging lips" is volleyball jargon referring to a defensive player who digs a hard hitter multiple times in the same play.
To "lip" a ball is volleyball slang term pure and simple.
"Wow, you lipped that ball!"
This phrase has a couple of interpretations depending on who you ask.
If you have a teammate that tells you "Nice lips" that means you made back-to-back amazing digs in a rally after an opposing hitter ripped a ball.
Some players who want to compliment a teammate who's digging well say that player is "digging lips".
What they mean is that player is digging so well that it seems like the opposing team's hitter has "told them" where they were going to hit the ball, before they hit it, so the digger "read the lips" or read the body language of where the hitter supposedly said or indicated where they were going to hit.
In this case, the digger's ability to "read the lips" of the hitter calls for the use of this "diggin' lips" slang term.
Because of their awesome defense ability to know or read where the ball was going to be hit, before the ball was hit and to be in the right place at the right time.
The third interpretation for the "diggin' lips" term comes from the shape the arms are in when they are placed together to form the platform that's used to dig a volleyball with.
This comes into play, especially when a player has to dig a ball that's over their head.
Just try something, if you form a platform with your arms, the same one you use to pass a ball or dig a volleyball with, then if you look in the mirror at that the reflection of your arms.
From a side angle if your platform is slightly turned as if you were passing a ball to your side, your arms form the loose shape of a pair of lips.
You'll see what I mean when you check out the two volleyball images below.
Tilt your head to the right or left when you look at the picture below and you'll see that the arms of the Oral Roberts player (no pun intended) who's about to finish in the bleachers are shaped like a pair of lips..go figure...
Yeah, its a slight stretch of the imagination, but there you go..
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