The Pro Beach Volleyball season, otherwise known as "tasty veebs," is in full swing. Since the first open beach volleyball tournament, at Santa Monica ( Calif.) State Beach in 1945, the game has developed a language of its own. ESPN volleyball commentator Chris Marlowe, a former member of the U.S. national team and a onetime actor (Love of Life), lists 10 of his favorite volleyball terms.
Husband and Wife
When two players fail to communicate with each other, thus allowing the ball to drop between them.
A player's getting hit in the face so hard by an opponent's spike that he has to come out of the match.
Sizzle the Pits
To hit a low, hard spike that travels under a blocker's arms.
CREDIT CARD DEFENSE
When all the defensive players charge toward the net at the same time.
When the defensive players form a circle around the ball in flight but then let it drop to the sand.
A save in which a defensive player's hand (spatula) slides between the ball (flapjack) and the beach (skillet) at the last second.
When two opposing players leap above the net and hit the ball simultaneously.
A one-armed block popularized by veebs star Randy Stoklos that calls to mind King Kong swatting at airplanes.
A tough serve with a hook.