Originally called "mintonette" it has its roots in a centuries old southern Europe game called "faustball" (fistball), which is primarily played outdoors on a field half the size of a soccer pitch and players can not cross the mid-court line. Volleyball was invented in 1895 as a safe recreational sport for adults and now has blossomed into the world’s fifth most popular sport with over 1 billion players.
The first volleyballs were the bladders of basketballs until Spalding Company invented a separate volleyball in 1898.
On the sand only Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor have won three consecutive Gold Medals as a teammates. (2004, 2008. 2012).
Colorful terminology is no stranger to volleyball as evident by such terms as a pancake – when the palm is flat on the floor and the ball pops up and play continues; a kong – when a player gets a one-handed block: goofy - when a player jumps with wrong foot first (while attacking); and joust - when the ball is falling directly on top of the net, two opposing players jump and push against the ball, trying to force it on their opponent’s side.