Recruiting at the college level, I often hear college and club coaches talk about the vertical jump being a big factor in deciding whether a player can compete at a certain level. In many coaches’ minds, the 10′ mark seems to be a determining factor for the Division I level.
As a Division I Coach, I have had players and coached against players that have not only jumped significantly under the 10′ mark, but tore up teams and tore up my team. The 2010 Big South Conference Player of the Year, Amanda Hill, was a 5’6″ outside hitter that could bang a ball and use the block like no other player. She never jump touched 10′, but was a great player.
Coincidentally, I was checking out the results of the USA Women’s Team against the Dominican Republic and find it very interesting that the USA Women’s Team is now posting vertical jump touches on their roster (Position, Height, Spike [touch], Block [touch]…). I find it even more interesting to learn that Jordan Larson, Cassidy Lichtman, and USA Team Captain, Kristin Hildebrand, all prolific outside hitters NOT jump touching 10′. These are the country’s best outside hitters NOT jump touching 10′. So if you’re not touching 10′, what are you worried about?
U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team for FIVB Volleyball Grand Champions Cup
# – Name (Pos, Ht, Spike, Block, Hometown, College)
1 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, 10-0, 9-10, Leland, Mich., Penn State University)
4 - Cursty Jackson (MB, 6-2, 10-6, 10-2, Los Angeles, Calif., University of Arizona)
5 - Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, 9-4, 8-9, Kaneohe, Hawaii, University of Washington)
7 - Cassidy Lichtman (OH, 6-1, 9-10, 9-2, Poway, Calif., Stanford University)
8 - Lauren Gibbemeyer (MB, 6-2, 10-1, 9-7, St. Paul, Minn., University of Minnesota)
9 - Kristin Hildebrand – Captain (OH, 6-1, 9-10, 9-4, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 - Jordan Larson-Burbach (OH, 6-2, 9-11, 9-8, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska)
12 - Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, 9-8, 9-3, Dubuque, Iowa, University of Nebraska)
13 - Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, 10-7, 9-10, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State University)
14 - Nicole Fawcett (OPP, 6-4, 10-2, 9-7, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State University)
15 - Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, 10-4, 10-1, Wilmington, Ill., University of Florida)
16 - Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, 10-6, 10-2, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
17 - Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, 10-5, 9-10, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
20 - Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, 9-7, 9-6, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)
As Cassidy Lichtman states in this video, “Everyone always told me, if you can pass, you’re going to play.” Seems as if she can pass.