Defend Against a Dink in Volleyball

That said, I think you’ll find the bulk of what I have to say relates in both directions.

It starts with attitude

The first element of defending against off-speed attacks like tips and roll shots is to go into it with a commitment not to let those sorts of balls ever hit the floor. Obviously, it’s the general goal of your defense to keep the ball from landing on your side of the court. There’s a difference here, though. Defending against a hard hit ball is mainly about positioning, while digging a tip is about pursuit. In many ways, the former is passive and the latter is aggressive. It takes an attacking attitude to play good defense against off-speed balls.

Positional responsibility

After attitude comes positioning. The players with designated responsibility for tip coverage, if any, are determined by the type of defense a team employs. For example, a rotational defense in which the right back player moves up behind the block on an outside hitter attack means that right back defender is responsible for shots over the block and into the middle of the court. In a standard perimeter defense there is no specifically designated tip coverage player, so basically it is up