Volleyball Quotes

Our favorite collection of volleyball quotes for players, fans and coaches. Do you need a way to fire up your volleyball squad? We’ve set you up with some lists that are here to motivate, inspire and entertain. Check ’em out!

Great Volleyball Quotes For Your Team

  • Volleyball is my life, everything else is just details.
    Author Unknown
  • If it’s worth it, then you do it.
    Logan Tom
  • Title match game. Final Set. Down by two. Dig Deep.
    Author Unknown
  • The setter, a hard working, talented volleyball player who receives NO GLORY!
    Author Unknown
  • Volleyball is the sport through which I am able to express my God-given talents of being an athlete. It is a sport which involves relating, pushing, and encouraging your teammates. It has helped evolve me into the person I am today.
    David Beard

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Top Seven Sayings on Volleyball

  1. Volleyball: Invented by men, perfected by women.
  2. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like any pro sport. Especially for beach volleyball you don’t have to be tall or as fast as other sports. You just have to have the skills.
    Misty May-Treanor
  3. Don’t ever let the ball hit the ground without a body hitting the ground with it.
  4. Breathe, believe, and battle. My former coach, Troy Tanner, told us that before each match. Breathe – be in the moment. Believe – have faith that you can rise above it. Battle – you gotta be prepared to go for as long as it takes.
    Kerri Walsh
  5. Volleyball anchored me at a time in my life when I needed it. It gave me a reason for being this big, big girl.
    Gabrielle Reece
  6. Volleyball: More than a sport – it’s a way of life.
  7. There is pressure on every play. You can’t make a mistake, but that also means your opponent can’t make a mistake. It makes the matches more exciting to watch.
    Holly McPeak

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Funny Volleyball Quotes

  • Most people put a hat and glasses on to go incognito. I take them off.
    Karch Kiraly
  • We play at the world’s most beautiful beaches but in the world’s most challenging conditions. It is not like you play one match and you go back to air conditioning. We do it all day long.
    Karch Kiraly
  • Physically I’m not as strong as I was, but I try to make up for it mentally. It’s a big challenge, and I relish it, competing with guys half my age.
    Karch Kiraly
  • The beach game taught me great lessons about how to elevate the play of my teammate, or teammates, and how to anticipate and expect the ball so much more than the indoor game ever could. It taught me — even forced me — to be a much better all-around player. That allowed me to help our USA Olympic Team in many more ways than I ever could have otherwise.
    Karch Kiraly
  • I still get excited just attending a final four, because the process is so long, so arduous, so challenging, that when it finally arrives, the adrenaline can’t help but take over. I love the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie that the indoor game can engender.
    Karch Kiraly

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More Karch Kiraly Quotes

  • The indoor game is much more of a team game, having to work effectively with a group of 15 to 20 people, striving to improve every day, every drill, even every contact. The beach game is much more of an individual game within a team sport, much less about organized practices with coaches and much more about just playing the game.
    Karch Kiraly
  • No volleyball play can begin without a serve, and the serve is the only technique that is totally under your control. In other endeavors, you cannot succeed without believing in yourself, and that belief is completely under your control.
    Karch Kiraly
  • I never did. I only prepared to win the next day.
    Karch Kiraly, when asked how he prepared to win Olympic gold
  • It’s the best. And the job site isn’t too bad, either.
    Karch Kiraly, about his work outfit (shorts)
  • It’s hard to give a career like this up, when I tell my wife I’m going to the office, and it’s the beach.
    Karch Kiraly

Inspirational Volleyball Quotations

  • A lot of people had doubts. I tried to tell people I never had doubts.
    Misty May-Traeanor, after an Olympic victory
  • It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like any pro sport. Especially for beach volleyball you don’t have to be tall or as fast as other sports. You just have to have the skills.
    Misty May-Traenor
  • I grew up on the beach and played side-out scoring all my life, but rally scoring is better for our sport. There is pressure on every play. You can’t make a mistake, but that also means your opponent can’t make a mistake. It makes the matches more exciting to watch.
    Holly McPeak
  • Anyone serious about playing indoor, you should play outdoor.
    Sean Scott
  • You touch every other ball and, if you screw up, you only have one more person to back you up. You can’t go hide in the corner.
    Kerri Walsh
  • We don’t have a World Series or a Super Bowl, so to be able to come home with a gold medal is amazing. I want to do it again in four more years.
    Kerri Walsh

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Game Insights

  • Bump, set, spike it—that’s the way we like it.
  • A good team can win a volleyball game when they are ahead, a great team can win when they are behind.
  • A great defensive play is worth about five points in emotion.
    Caren Kemner
  • Don’t fire your opponents up. If they’re down, don’t tick them off. Let them stay down.
    Sinjin Smith
  • If you want to stay fit, surround yourself with a couple of chicks who are fired up, so that the one day you’re not, you can feed off their energy.
    Gabrielle Reece

Misty May Volleyball Quotes – from Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life

  • We’d shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience over the past eight years, and we’d be forever joined. Sisters. Friends. Teammates. Business partners. Trailblazers. (On teammate Kerri Walsh.)
  • There are a lot of people out there who would love to trade spots, so I have nothing to complain about. but we are spread pretty thin. People don’t see that. Sometimes they thin we just come here and play volleyball.
  • In the beach volleyball world, every major decision goes through Karch. He is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of the sport, the Jedi Master of the sand, reminiscent of the wise, exalted character in the Star Wars universe who teaches Luke Skywalker the ways of the Force. He’s all-knowing, all-seeing.
  • Was I the only person who wasn’t exhausted after the gold medal match? Was I the only one who wasn’t blubbering away? Sheesh. For once, I bet I was more amped up than Kerri. I was flying high, floating on a cloud, living life at 310 percent, with an angel on my right shoulder.
  • …Olympic gold medals aren’t about the awards; instead, they’re all about the rewards. I want to spend the rest of my time on earth experiencing the gifts of my Olympic gold medals, connecting and building relationships with others, and sharing and expanding upon their strength, power, beauty, and majesty.

Hugh McCutcheon Volleyball Quotes

  • It’s not all rainbows and ponies.
  • If you don’t have any dreams, none of them will come true.
  • Coaches are sales people and change agents.

Volleyball Team Quotes from McCutcheon – Volleyball Coach

  • Great teams are defined by being able to just take care of their side of the net, and not worry about what is going on on the other side of the net.
  • If you yell all the time, how do they know if you’re really angry?
  • We don’t have to be great. We have to play good volleyball for extended periods of time.
  • It’s a really interesting change that’s really forcing me to evolve as a coach, to keep growing and developing and trying to keep getting better.
  • Practice is the battle you must win.
  • To be great at the Olympic level, you can’t do it right 99 times out of 100.  You MUST do it right 999 times out of 1000.

Who invented Volleyball?

William G. Morgan was the inventor of volleyball. A native New Yorker, Morgan met James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, while studying at Springfield College. The game was originally called Mintonette, which is a derivation of badminton.

While working at a YMCA, he noticed the game of basketball favored the more athletic and that some folks had a hard time getting up and down the court quickly enough. His desire was to create a game that anyone could play, despite their age or athletic ability.

When was Volleyball Invented?

In the winter of 1895, William G. Morgan developed the game Mintonette, that became known as volley ball, and then ultimately, volleyball (one word).

Where was volleyball invented?

Morgan was a YMCA physical education director in Holyoke, Massachusetts when he invented the game.

William G. Morgan Quotes

  • In search of an appropriate game, tennis occurred to me, but this required rackets, balls, a net and other equipment, so it was eliminated, but the idea of a net seemed a good one. We raised it to a height of about 6 feet, 6 inches (1.98 metres) from the ground, just above the head of an average man.
  • …content in the knowledge that the game brought a richer life to millions of people throughout the world.
  • We needed a ball and among those we tried was a basketball bladder, but this was too light and too slow. We therefore tried the basketball itself, which was too big and too heavy.

McCutcheon Sayings

  • As head coaches, we are perpetually dissatisfied.
  • It’s a grind in the best possible way. It’s not a grind that wares you down. And, it’s a grind that polishes you.
  • If you only got 60% on a certain day, you gotta give 100% of that 60%. If one of your athletes is only at 70% on a certain day, you have to do your job as a coach to get all 100%, not just his 70%.
  • We had enough in the team’s emotional bank account, so they trusted us as a coaching staff when we asked them to do something different.
  • I’m definitely looking forward to the Olympics. It is the culmination of a lot of work and a huge investment of time and energy. As we get to the end of the quad, I feel sort of bittersweet that it’s going to be over so quickly. I like our team. It’s been a great honor and privilege to coach this team. As we get to the Olympics, I’m going to stop and smell a rose or two and try to savor it, while concurrently working as hard as I can to be as successful.
  • Coaching is about finding a system that works for your players. There are some underlying principles which are applied in any coaching situation but it’s about picking the lock to get this group of players to play the best volleyball they’re capable of playing for a long period of time.

Wilt Chamberlain Quotes

  • Nobody roots for Goliath.
  • I assume that most people know that I’m a volleyballer of some renown. In fact, for a long time, volleyball became as big a part of my life as basketball once was.
  • Everything is habit forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing. (A View from Above)
  • I believe that good things come to those who work.
  • The man who won’t loan money isn’t going to have many friends – or need them.
  • I started playing volleyball very late in my athletic career, around the age thirty-three or thirty-four, but I became quite proficient. It’s a highly skilled and very fast-paced game. Being able to hold my own against the best in the world, on the beach or indoors, is something I’m very proud of.
  • They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.

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Russ Rose Quotations

  • I’m not trying to set the bar high. We’re just trying to compete. We want to grind. This is what we do.
  • The job is what the job entails. If you want to be successful, then you need to put the time into it.
  • That concerns me. You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. I don’t think you stay the same in sports. If we want to achieve something special in the game, then these players have to recognize that they’re responsible every day for getting better.
  • I’ve heard people say that maybe we’d be better served had we lost. I was kind of wondering what profession they were in. I wouldn’t want a lawyer representing me to think like that. And, I wouldn’t want a doctor operating on me to think like that.

Pass Set Hit

  • The best passing drill is pass-set-hit. The best setting drill is pass-set-hit. And, the best hitting drill is pass-set-hit. Anything less than a game situation, unless very well planned, has the possibility of introducing artificial situations, and complete transfer to the game might not occur when drills are constructed in this manner.
    Marv Dunphy
  • Volleyball rules are simple. If it is on the floor, pick it up and get it into the air. If it is in the air, keep it off the floor.
    John Kessel
  • A hard practice makes an easy game.
  • How a coach says ‘no’ is more significant than how a coach says ‘yes.’
    Marv Dunphy
  • To be true to one’s self is the ultimate test in life. To have the courage and sensitivity to follow your hidden dreams and stand tall against the odds that are bound to fall in your path. Life is too short and precious to be dealt with in any other fashion.
    Flo Hyman

Cute Quotes for Setters

  • Life is better when I’m digging and passing.
  • You know you’re a setter when your wrists turn red from bumping so much.
  • What all good spikers know: Thank your setters!
  • Love me, I’m a setter.
  • You know your a setter when no one understands how difficult your job is.
  • Why did the setter cross the road? To get to the shanked ball.
  • My setter is better.

Short Volleyball Sayings

  • Just serve it.
  • You didn’t lose, you just ran out of time.
  • You know an ace more than a card.
  • Sore or sorry? You pick.
  • PrACTice like a champion.
  • Volleyball season is every season.
  • If you want a soft serve, you should’ve gone to Dairy Queen.

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