OPPOSITE HITTER. This position – also known as the right-side hitter – plays near the right antenna. Opposite hitters tend to be players who have the most versatility and can excel on both offense and defense. The opposite hitter also needs to possess solid jumping skills. Opposite hitters must be able to hit the ball from the front and back rows.
The opposite plays at the net on the right side of the court. The opposite is responsible for blocking the opponent's outside hitter and also helps out with blocking their middle if appropriate. If the middle is a significant threat, the opposite may cheat in to the court a little to help out blocking.
Opposite Hitter The opposite hitter is the player who most often scores the most points in the team. Opposite hitters don’t have the passing responsibilities. They stand behind the passers on the rotation while libero and outside hitters pass the ball and place themselves to the left front, right front or right back playing position.
Often players will switch between playing outside or right-side hitter as needed by the team. Sometimes the player will play both positions (outside and right-side hitter) within the same game, as they may stay and hit on the side they are nearest to in the rotational order.
Just as in basketball or soccer the player who scores the points or the goal gets all the love and is most remembered by the fans, the opposite hitter is the player in volleyball who typically scores the most points due to being the “go to” hitter and therefore lives long in the memory of fans.
The opposite hitter gets its name from the positioning ‘opposite’ the setter in the rotation. This positioning makes the opposite theoretically the second most important of the volleyball positions after the setter. An opposite will often fill in for the setter if the setter is out of position or cannot set due to being the passer.
The outside hitters, also known as the right side and left side hitters, are positioned in the front row directly opposite their respective middle blockers. Their role is to take shots at the opposing team’s court by spiking or setting up for an attack.
You may also hear this position called the “opposite hitter” because it’s common for this hitter to line up in the opposite of the rotation of the setter. Both left and right hitters may also be referred to as “wing hitters,” “wing spikers,” or “pin hitters” (the pin is the small pole that sticks up above the net along the sideline).
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