Volleyball vs Lacrosse
In the next matchup of round one, volleyball takes on lacrosse for the right to move on to round two.
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!
Dakota (Macomb, Mich.) volleyball star Carli Snyder and Landon (Bethesda, MD.) lacrosse standout Jack Falk go head to head in defending their sport.
What’s a misconception about your sport?
I think it’s definitely perceived as a girls sport. Guys don’t understand it’s difficult.
A lot people probably think lacrosse is a little soft. I’d say it’s one of the toughest games. If you don’t have stick skills, you’re not going to be that good.
What makes volleyball more difficult than lacrosse or vice versa?
Volleyball is the ultimate team sport. You’re very close with each other on a small court [as opposed to] on a big field and you rely on your teammates more.
The physical impact you take in each lacrosse game doesn’t compare to a volleyball match. Depending on games, the intensity is an eight or nine [on a scale of 10].
What attributes do you need for volleyball that a lacrosse player doesn’t require and vice versa?
A volleyball player needs more quickness and speed since you’re not running up and down a field. A lacrosse player probably has better stamina, but volleyball involves seconds of really fast, hard work.
I don’t think want to be dissing volleyball, because volleyball players are great athletes. Lacrosse is a harder sport because it combines so many more things — stick skills, speed, endurance, strength and mental toughness.
Who’s the best athlete in your sport, past or present?
For beach volleyball, I definitely think Misty May-Treanor. She’s won three Olympic gold medals, and she’s still playing. That’s impressive and shows how much she loves the sport. For hard court volleyball I think Destinee Hooker is the best. She’s battled through a couple of injuries. That shows a lot of determination to be able to keep playing and not settle even though she’s already an Olympian and a national competitor.
Paul Rabil. He’s an incredible athlete and fun to watch. I like how he dodges, and he has a great shot.
Ultimate Athlete Top Picks
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Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) cornerback says you have to be a superior athlete to play football.
Star wide reciever says you have to be an ultimate athlete to play football
Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) superstar Jahlil Okafor has no doubt that basketball is the top sport
Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) wide receiver thinks football is the best sport by far.
Whitney Young (Chicago) guard Miles Reynolds is thoroughly convinced that basketball produces the best athletes of any sport.
Westlake (Austin, Texas) cheerleader Kathleen Cooke says cheerleading is definitely a sport
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Cali.) QB Chase Forrest says you need toughness to play football
Star Makarome won the Class 4A-District 5 singles and doubles championships as a sophomore.
MOC-Floyd Valley star says playing three sports makes her a better athlete
McQuin Baron of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) is one of the best water polo goalkeepers in the country.
Caesar Rodney (Camden, Del.) three-sport athlete Alexis Prillaman says soccer is his first love
Roselle Catholic (Newark, N.J.) and NJ Playaz star says it's a no brainer for basketball
Papillion-La Vista South (Neb.) star Kelly Hunter is one of the most accomplished high school athletes in the country.
Novi (Mich.) junior golf sensation Garret Buckley’s affection for the game developed at age 4.
Pearland (Texas) softball ace Samantha Show has been honing her craft since age 4.
Boys' Latin lacrosse star follows in his siblings' footsteps and explains why he is an Ultimate Athlete.
The son of a three-time MLB All-Star, the Florida State commit's work ethic is what sets him apart as an ultimate athlete.
Bernie Montoya's runs through the Arizona heat give him the right to call himself an Ultimate Athlete.