And Matt Anderson, perhaps the world's best men's volleyball player in the world, has played on the right side for the U.S. Men's National Team for the past couple of years. Wondering who are the best opposite hitters in NCAA Division I women's volleyball right now? Here's our top 10 list. 10. Jordan Thompson, Sophomore, Cincinnati
Just as in basketball or soccer the player who scores the points or the goal gets all the love and is most remembered by the fans, the opposite hitter is the player in volleyball who typically scores the most points due to being the “go to” hitter and therefore lives long in the memory of fans.
What makes a good Opposite Hitter in volleyball? Height tends to help an opposite hitter because they will be blocking quite a bit, but it’s not required. Sometimes another advantage that an opposite can have is being left-handed because the angle is a lot better on the right side if you’re hitting with your left hand instead of your right.
The opposite hitter is the player who most often scores the most points in the team. Opposite hitters don't have the passing responsibilities. They stand behind the passers on the rotation while libero and outside hitters pass the ball and place themselves to the left front, right front or right back playing position.
From the women’s game there is Tijana Bošković of Serbia, another renowned Opposite and Blocker. At the 2018 FIVB Club World Championship she was named Best Opposite Player in the Dream Team. The same year her team won the World Championship. She also helped them win silver at the Rio Olympic, and European Championships gold twice.
In modern high level volleyball outside hitters are responsible for hitting the 3 meter or 10 feet line attacks, usually from the middle back position when playing in the back row. Playing on the outside hitter’s position requires great all around skills because they play through the front row and the back row.
The outside hitter should be a pretty good passer. The outside hitter usually steps back to help out with passing in serve receive. An outside hitter that can't pass very well is usually a target in serve receive. Since the outside hitter has a fairly active role on the team, outside hitter's need to show leadership.
To be defined as a good opposite hitter, he or she must master the attack and the block. He needs to be as tall as the outside hitter and spike at least 330 cm (10.83 ft). You have to get ready for many jumps, attack,s and blocks during a game. You better be in a good form. Opposite hitters often earn the most points for their teams, so he needs to be able to handle the pressure and be the leading player of the team.