Defensive Specialist

Position: Defensive Specialist

Role: Defense

Height Requirement: None

The defensive specialist’s primary job is to come into the back row when an outside hitter or an opposite goes into the back row. These players are often good servers, passers, and diggers. The defensive specialist is allowed to serve.

Passing Tips

Alicia Zamparelli, an AVP player, explains some of the basics of passing, including watching the bottom of the ball all the way into your platform.


Basic Passing Technique

Lafayette’s Brooke Niland, a defensive specialist, explains the basics of passing technique. Niland Earned four letters in volleyball, basketball and softball at Catholic High School of Point Coupee. She was named Outstanding Offensive Player (2004) and Most Valuable Player (2005) in volleyball and was a four-time All-District and All-Parish selection in volleyball.


Defensive Techniques

Salt Lake City coach Jonathan Neely explains the basics to volleyball defense. He emphasizes being low, weight on the toes, and being ready to move forward.


Rolling and Diving Technique

Again, coach Jonathan Neely explains how to dive for a ball. Staying low helps prevent injury.


Serving Basics

Two Texas A&M players show you the basic types of serving. This includes the underhand serve, the float serve, and the jump serve. If you want to be a good defensive specialist, you should aim to try to have a wicked serve.

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