Andrea Giani (born April 22, 1970 in Naples) is an Italian coach and one of the best Italian volleyball players in the 1990s, winning three World Championships with his national team. He is 196 cm tall.
Even as a kid Andrea showed exceptional physical features. His father, Dario, was a rower who had taken part in the 1964 Summer Olympics for Italy. After having trained with the father, Andrea tried his luck as a football player.But, in 1985 the 14 year old Giani began his career as a volleyball player in the local team of Sabaudia, in the Southern Latium, where he lived. His exceptional qualities attracted attention from the two main volleyball club of Italy of the period: Panini Modena and Santal (later Maxicono) Parma.
Defensive players need a lot of concentration because they will be attacked twice.
Players pass the ball to setter and setter sets the ball to zones 4 and 2.
Players should aim the attack to zones 1 and 5 where defensive players are waiting to defend the field.
After the spike, defensive players have to pass the ball successfully to coach and he performs one more attack while defense has to do their job once more.
This drills requires good concentration, skill and movement. I suggest doing this drill with advanced team and not with beginners.
Coach throws the short ball and the player performs dig to stop ball touching the floor.
After the dig player stands up the fastest he can and moves back to position himself for good a defence.
At the same time, on the other side of net, player passes the ball to setter.
This drill can be performed by all players. It’s easy and interesting but if only a few players anticipate it can be even difficult.
It can be performed during the training session or during warm ups.
Players are sorted in two columns and perform overhead pass to opposite column.
When player pass the ball, he has to run to zone 3 and perform block. After blocking in zone 3, he moves fast and performs block in zone 4 and than runs at the back of his column and wait his turn to pass.
Coach is positioned in zone 2 and has a lot of balls.
Player is on the base line in zone 1.
When coach throw the ball in the air, player moves forward and should perform the forearm pass after coach spikes the ball.
Right after that, player moves back to zone 6 and performs the same action.
One player stands six meter from net.
Coach is in zone 2 and has a lot of balls.
Coach throws the ball to player and player passes it back to coach.
Player should move left and right, from line to line, and pass the ball the best he can.
This drill should improve your block.
One player is positioned in zone 2 and one in zone 4.
Players perform block and than move near zone 3 to perform another block.
After that they move back to zone 2 and 4 to perform block once more.
When the blocking is finished they sprint back and next players take their places.