HS VBall: Mandan gives feedback on sport’s unique rules

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Of all the sports I’ve covered this fall, volleyball might have the corkiest rules. Like players on the same team wearing different jerseys.

One of the first rules that jumped out, was seeing volleyballs ricochet off the ceiling and still be in play.

“[The rule] makes for a lot of adversity throughout the game,” said senior Liz Leingang. “I think it’s a fun rule for a volleyball game.”

“You don’t know where the ball is going to go all the time,” Courtney Olson said. “The ball just kind of goes where it wants.”

Next, I noticed the libero wears a different color jersey than the rest of the team. Mandan’s libero likes wearing a different uniform.

“I think it shows the team colors well,” Leingang said. “All teams don’t just have one color so it’s nice to be able to wear both of them.”

“I think it’s weird,” Olson said. “I don’t think it matters what jersey they wear. I just think it’s weird.”

I also noticed that teams change sides in between each set. Mandan Coach Anna Folk helped me understand the rule.

“So they don’t have to run across the court to check in,” Folk said. “[Volleyball] is not like basketball where you go to one central location to check in.”

“I think it’s,” Olson said. “I don’t know really why. I think it’s just to give each team a different spot.”

“I do like that rule,” Leingang said. “Sometimes when you’re playing a team you might play well on the opposite side of the gym. For our gym, you have more room on one sides.”

Thanks for helping me understand the sport better.

Mandan will be back in action Oct. 27 at Bismarck High.

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