Volleyball: Origins to McNeese State Essay

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Background.
William Morgan, of the Holyoke, Massachusetts YMCA created volleyball as a recreational sport in 1895. Morgan blended elements of basketball with other sports to make it a less physically demanding game than its cousin, basketball. (Goldblatt, 2011) He named the gamed “Mintonette,” which was later changed to volleyball by Alfred T. Halstead. (Goldblatt, 2011) Originally designed to be slow paced and leisurely, the game today is now a rapid, strenuous game. Played all around the world, from youth leagues to the Olympic Games, in a wide variety of forms ranging from traditional indoor volleyball to beach and aquatic matches, volleyball is an exciting game. ("Volleyball-general information,”)
Volleyball is a team sport
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The rally continues, with each team permitted as many as three consecutive touches until a team makes a kill, grounding the ball on the opponent's court and winning the rally, or a team commits a fault and loses the rally. The winning team of the rally gains a point, and serves the ball to start the next rally. A few of the most frequent faults include: causing the ball to touch the ground outside the opponents' court or without first passing over the net catching and throwing the ball, and double hit, which is two consecutive contacts with the ball made by the same player. Four consecutive contacts with the ball made by the same team, and net foul, the touching of the net during play, also result in penalty.
In the United States, volleyball is viewed as a women’s sport due to a combination of very few men’s teams and the popularity of other men’s sports such as football, that coincide with the indoor volleyball season. Due to this, there a high number of women’s collegiate teams exist. In Division I, alone, there are 328 women’s volleyball teams compared to 120 of Division 1 football teams. (Voepel 2010)
The McNeese State University Volleyball team debuted in 1974 under the coaching direction of Nancy Whitten. The university dropped the program during the 1980 season, however returned with Tammy Premeaux as head coach the next season.

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