Volleyball Middle Blocker

On offense, the middle is considered a hitter, and on defense, they are considered a blocker. They are often the third and last person to touch the ball in a possession. The middle is a key defensive player on the court. The middle is often moving from sideline to sideline and is usually pretty tall.

Goals and Job

Players are transitioning from offense to defense as the ball goes from side to side, so the goals of the middle shift as well.

Offensive Goals

When on offense, the middle’s jobs are:

  • To attack the ball and score points
  • To locate the ball at all times
  • To cover other hitters at the net

Defensive Goals

When on defense, the middle’s jobs are:

  • To block attacks
  • To coordinate with other players on blocks

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