Originally known as mintonette, this sport was invented in 1895 by American William G. Morgan. Morgan wanted to create a game that was a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis and handball and thus began the evolution of volleyball. In 1900, volleyball crossed the border to Canada’s YMCAs and regular inter-city competitions were staged in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. It was first played in the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in 1964.
Volleyball is essentially a game of transition from one skill to the next, with choreographed team movement between plays on the ball. These team movements are determined by the team’s chosen serve, receive, offensive, coverage, and defensive systems.
There are five positions filled on every volleyball team at the elite level - setter, outside hitter/left side hitter, middle hitter, opposite hitter/right side hitter and libero/defensive specialist. Liberos are defensive players who are responsible for receiving the attack or serve and they wear a different colour jersey than their teammates. Each of these positions plays a specific, key role in winning a volleyball match.