The volleyball net divide the two halves of the court. It ensures that the teams stay where on their side while also presenting a challenge for returning the ball to the other team. The volleyball net height for standard indoor games is 2.43 meters for men and 2.24 meters for women. This must be measured at the center from a flat ground surface. There is a tendency for the middle of the net to sag so the ropes connecting it to the poles must be tight. If there is any variation in height along the top, it must not exceed .75 inches. The height of the volleyball net has several effects on the game.
The first is the requirement for most players to be high leapers. Spikers and blockers are always engaged in aerial battles. Those who can jump the highest can provide a clear path for the ball to land on the opponent’s side of the court. It would be easier to score given multiple options from the peak of their jumps. This is especially important for smaller spikers who have to make up for their vertical deficiency with athleticism. Many will need to stand back several meters from the net so that they can prepare for their approach and build momentum.
Blockers need to provide an intimidating presence at the center of the net. A tall blocker will make it hard for the spikers to score. Of course, their should complement their height with excellent timing and smart reading. The middle blocker has to guard the whole length of the net such that they often move laterally to catch the spike. Having long limbs will allow them to neutralize the height of the spiker’s jump and reach their side of the net despite confusing sets. Properly trained, they should be able to score from many kill blocks.
Due to the height of the net, most players can barely get their hands over the hurdle. One would have to jump to get a good angle on the ball for a powerful smash. The majority of ball landings occur at the back half of the court so that is where the libero is positioned to dig and receive. Everyone on the back row should be ready to defend the floor. Sometimes a spiker might change the attack in mid-air in response to the blockers, using a soft touch to guide the ball over the net into the front half of the court away from defenders.
The net will often prevent attacks from being completed. If the ball was set too low or the jump was mistimed, then the spiker might hit the net instead. If a player is not able to jump properly for the last touch, then the ball might simply be lobbed high to get it over the net. Service errors are also common with the ball going into the net and never reaching the other side. This usually happens when the player tries aggressive serves which are sharp and powerful such as jump serves. There needs to be a consideration of risks and rewards.