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Volleyball vs Lacrosse

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

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Which Sport Creates the Ultimate Athlete?
Winner!

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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
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.

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