1. A game played by two teams on a rectangular court divided by a high net, in which each team, using up to three hits per effort to return the ball, tries to drive the ball over the net onto the ground on the opposing team's side.
2. The inflated, spherical ball used in this game.
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Chinese (left) and Russian (right) volleyball teams at the 2009 World Grand Prix
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