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By Leaps and Bounds


There are sounds distinctive to sports. When bat squarely meets baseball, crack echoes throughout the ballpark. Swish is for basketball, a shot from deep distance that makes the net dance like a grass skirt swaying in a breeze. Volleyball offers its own authentic acoustic. It’s when a player elevates, rotates the shoulders and lays palm to leather. The thwack comes not when hand meets ball, but when the ball caroms off the floor.

“Like a thunderclap,” says USD Women’s Volleyball Associate Head Coach Brent Hilliard. Late one afternoon in the summer of 2012, he was roaming a Columbus, Ohio, convention center lined with courts when all of a sudden he heard that distinctive wallop.


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