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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 4:35 p.m. MST

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Roy, UT

Enjoy seeing this year's Y Men's volleyball team establishing themselves so well...one thing I do not like about volleyball, however, is that they have to hug and cheer after every won point. Such grandstanding is done by all teams, it seems, but is such a distraction, so excessive as to be a turnoff...in hockey they have to stop and fight every few minutes, in this sport, its the over-the-top hurrah for us thing that gets tiresome...get on with the match already!

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah


Cheering after every point is simply a way of intimidating your opponent and grabbing or maintaining momentum. Since most sets are decided by 2 to 5 points, one small 3 or 4 point run can be the difference between winning or losing a set, so teams look for any advantage they can get. Referees take much more time signaling play to resume than the 3 to 4 seconds teams spend celebrating a point. Basketball teams do the exact same thing after every free throw, made or not.

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