vol·​ley·​ball | \ ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio) \

Definition of volleyball

: a game played by volleying an inflated ball over a net also : the ball used in this game

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Singer had Laura Janke, a former assistant soccer coach at USC, create a fake athletic profile for Bizzack’s son that portrayed him as a top volleyball player. Matthew Ormseth, latimes.com, "Surfing executive bribed son’s way into USC for $250,000 in new admissions scandal charges, U.S. attorney says," 28 June 2019 Budinger said basketball has brought a lot to his volleyball game. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "This Pacer player has turned into a 'gnarly' pro beach volleyball star," 21 June 2019 Beyond picking out the best suit, there’s only one way to properly prepare for a day full of cute selfies, snowcones, and volleyball games—a bag full of (literally) everything. Teen Vogue, "5 Teen Vogue Editors Share Their Beach Bag Must-Haves," 20 June 2019 The All-Star Classic volleyball game took place right before the basketball games. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "All-Star Classic lets Crosby, Huffman seniors don jersey one more time," 16 June 2019 Orlando club volleyball teams are accustomed to serving up national championships in the summer, but a pair of local squads met their match on Monday when the gold medal was on the line. Jeff Gardenour, orlandosentinel.com, "Top Select 17 Elite Blake, OTVA 15 Melito fall during AAU volleyball nationals," 24 June 2019 Bob Jones senior Emma Jarrett earned a spot on the Super All-State volleyball team last fall and then played her way onto the ASWA Class 7A All-State softball team this spring. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "Meet the 2019 Huntsville HS Athletes of the Year," 21 June 2019 Hannah, their eighteen-year-old daughter, was practicing with the volleyball team at Central Catholic High School, and their son Harry, twenty, was sitting in class at the University of Maine. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 The multi-purpose arena, which seats more than 10,000 people and underwent a major renovation six years ago, according to the Tampa Bay Times, is home to the university’s basketball and volleyball games. Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "Yuengling gets its name on an arena - in Florida," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of volleyball

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of volleyball was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of volleyball

: a game in which two teams of players hit a large ball back and forth over a high net
: the ball used to play volleyball


vol·​ley·​ball | \ ˈvä-lē-ˌbȯl How to pronounce volleyball (audio) \

Kids Definition of volleyball

1 : a game played by two teams that hit a ball filled with air over a net without letting the ball touch the ground
2 : the ball used in volleyball

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