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Hockey vs Volleyball

In the next matchup of round two, volleyball takes hockey for the right to move on to semifinals.

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Which Sport Creates the Ultimate Athlete?

Tale of the Tape Overview
Each week we will match two sports against each other in a tournament style bracket and you, the fan, can vote for which you think produces top athletes.  The winning sport will advance in our tournament bracket and at the end we will crown one sport the "Ultimate Sport".  Along with the matchups, we will feature one top athlete from each sport and they will engage in a head-to-head heated debate.   

Voting will start on Thursday's and end on Wednesday's.  There will be a new matchup every week with the final matchup starting on Nov. 20.  Good luck!    

The Debate
Longmeadow (Longmeadow, Mass.) hockey star Colin McDermott and Southeast (Raleigh, N.C.) volleyball star Tiffany McCarter go head to head in defending their sport.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

  • It’s the modern day gladiators; you’re just dressed up in pads. You’ve gotta have a lot of endurance and you’ve gotta have a lot of strength. You’ve just gotta be tough all around. It’s definitely the sport that produces the ultimate athletes. It’s gotta be hockey. Come on now!

  • You’ve got to have great stamina to play volleyball and you have to have really good jumping ability. Those are just two of the things you need, but you need to be strong in those areas and they’re two of the most athletic things you can do.

For anyone who disagrees, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?

  • Other than sprints I’d say 2-on-1 drills. Two forwards come down and the one guy has to make a play. It’s just really hard. You’ve gotta think it through and everything like that.

  • Wheel-barreling where you carry your teammate upside down and then we run the stadium stairs to build our legs up. They’re both really, really hard.

What is the second-toughest sport behind yours?

  • Football.

  • Basketball.

What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

  • Strength is huge because only the strong guys make it to the top.

  • I think it’s being smart because you can have all of the athletic traits in the world, but if they’re not smart it won’t matter.

Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?

  • Nowadays I think it’s Patrick Kane.

  • I know more about programs, so Texas’ volleyball program is really good and of course the U.S. National team has a great program too.

What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?

  • I have a YouTube video of a big hit I had last year. It was a preseason game and me and this kid collided. I came at him and boom! We both had concussions, but I got the best of him on that one.

  • Well, I don’t take days off; like today we ended practice early but I stayed an extra three hours working. I believe you practice how you play so I try and better myself for my team. I’m the person who finishes sprints first and if I have a teammate struggling I’ll go back and try and help them finish.

What attributes do you need to play your sport that their players don’t?

  • You’ve gotta be tougher and you’ve gotta be willing to take a hit.

  • In hockey all you do is skate around, but in volleyball you really have to be an elite runner, jumper and you’ve gotta make plays. You’ve gotta have great stamina too.

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