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At Volleyball.com there is a glossary that gives the terms used in volleyball. Almost everyone has heard of the word “spike”: “A hit or attack where the ball is contacted with force by a player on the offensive team who intends to terminate the ball on the opponent’s floor or off the opponent’s blocker.” And then there’s “set”: “The tactical skill in which a ball is directed to a point where a player can spike it into the opponent’s court.” Perhaps less well known is “dink”: “A legal push or tip of the ball around or over blockers.” Finally there’s “dig”: “Passing a spiked or rapidly hit ball.” Slang for the art of passing an attacked ball close to the floor. Players often dive to the floor as they go for a dig.

The University of the Pacific has debuted it’s inaugural sand volleyball season. They’ve built a sand pit with three courts on the grounds of Klein Family Field on the UOP campus in Stockton. The team comprises members of the existing women’s volleyball team, though admittedly most have never played on sand before. But when they go for a dig it could have a new meaning for them that it never had before.

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