Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Volleyball Replays - Listen
In volleyball, a rules modification that came about during COVID has been instated as a permanent change - with overwhelming support from coaches and officials.
Previously, teams would switch sides after each set, sometimes creating a traffic jam as players and coaches move benches from side to side. Unless there is a clear competitive advantage, there is no switching now. Coaches like having a dedicated home bench and the improved pace of the match.
Things that would necessitate teams switching would be less serving room on one end of the court, a window on one side with the sun shining in, or an overhead obstruction on one end.
It’s up to the official to determine if an advantage exists and if teams will switch at the end of each set – or stay on the same side for the entirety of the match.
Nina Horning ♦ Lake Orion
Volleyball ♦ Senior
Horning put another exclamation point on the recent announcement that she’s one of 10 finalists for this year’s Miss Volleyball Award by leading Lake Orion past Division 2 then-No. 3 Detroit Country Day 25-11, 25-17, 25-19 on Sept. 8. Horning had 10 kills during the third set alone and is approaching 1,400 kills for her career.
The 6-foot-5 outside hitter is a four-year varsity player for the Dragons, as she joined the program the season after Lake Orion won the Division 1 title led by another standout hitter, then-senior Paige Briggs. Horning made the Division 1 all-state second team as a sophomore and first team as a junior after leading her team to Oakland Activities Association Red and District titles. She has committed to continue her academic and volleyball careers at University of Cincinnati; she's interested in studying physical therapy.
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(Photos courtesy of Nina Horning.)