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It was as if it were happening in slow motion: the ball, hurtling toward my face. Me, contorting my body to avoid it. Then, the pain, and the ball ricocheting into the crowd. Why must you mock me, God? WHY?
The “Triple Six Pack.” One of sports’ most hallowed accomplishments. Oh, you don’t know what the Triple Six Pack is? Well, according to this volleyball glossary, it’s “when a blocker gets hit in the head or face by a spiked ball.” This one has that, times three. Let the tape explain.
The moment of the one-sided match between the U.S. and Serbia’s men’s volleyball teams came in the first game when one Serbian player served the ball clear of the court, past the Thames, over Big Ben and across the English Channel. Watch the serve that just didn’t want to stay in the arena after the jump.
We don’t generally traffic in volleyball highlights around here, but there’s a first time for everything. This is that time. Last night, Illinois beat USC in five sets to make its first NCAA women’s volleyball championship match ever. And the Illini advanced in style.