Let's talk about something that has never been talked about in this space before volleyball. The sport of kills, blocks and digs is a criminally underappreciated sport probably because it occurs during the same season as football and softball (moreso football).
Like it or not, there is a stigma about most girls sports. You've heard it all before: "nothing happens in softball," "girls' basketball is too slow," etc. It seems like the only girls' sport that no one has anything bad to say about is soccer. Those complaints are not only unfair, but also false. People who say that have more than likely never been to a volleyball match.
Over the weekend, I covered the Class 4A volleyball state tournament, and it featured elite volleyball that was joy to watch. Granted, the state tournament is always going to be the best event to go watch, but still volleyball is an exciting sport.
The action never comes to a grinding halt like it can in basketball or football. I've had quite a bit of experience with the sport as I was the voice of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane volleyball team in the fall of 2010; that's where I gained my appreciation of the sport. It's an insanely difficult sport to do play-by-play for on the radio.
The best part of volleyball is definitely long rallies. When both teams get good looks at kills and both make great digs or blocks to keep the point going, the tension goes through the roof. I don't know of a situation in sports where the tension is higher.