Joe Sagula, head coach at UNC, finds value in cooperative drills because players are reliant on each other to reach a common goal. This warm-up drill gets players to work together, puts them in pressure situations, and improves ball control skills.
To run the drill, four players set up on both sides: middle back, left back, left front, and right front (a setter who does not rotate). A down or free ball is entered to one side where the team executes a dig, set, and controlled angle swing by the left front player. After the third contact, players rotate. The goal is to get 10 rallies across the net without the ball touching the floor.