Clinician: Colleen Munson, head women’s volleyball coach at Western Michigan University
Purpose: To work on control and increase court awareness through across-the-net pepper drills
How it Works:
The first stage of this two-stage drill includes four players(two on each side of the net) working cooperatively to total five digs after passing, setting and hitting across the middle of the net. Working on control, the hits progress from a standing hit to a jumping hit to a standing tip to a jumping tip then to a tip at the net. The second stage adds players and an extra ball, and the ball-control peppering now occurs diagonally across the net. One group works left-front-to-left-front while the other set works right-front-to-right-front. At each of the four positions, an extra player waits to enter. In each of the diagonal pepper groups, a player tosses to herself and hits across the net diagonally to her partner, who digs to herself and hits back diagonally across the net to the new player who just entered. Since diagonal play occurs at the same time, it can become quite hectic, making focus, awareness and communication essential. Get five digs for each pass-set-hit variation used during the first stage.
Requirements: Stage 1: four players, a ball and a full court. Stage 2: Eight players, two balls and a full court