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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, August 24, 2001

Women switch to rally-scoring

By Ann Miller
Advertiser Staff Writer

Women's volleyball moves from sideout to rally-scoring beginning today. Each play results in a point, with the first four games scored to 30 and the fifth to 15. All games must be won by two points.

Rules changes also involve serving, where let serves are now in play, and players must serve the ball within eight seconds. No second toss is allowed.

The "international pursuit rule" will be experimental this season. It allows a player to retrieve a ball on second contact that has crossed the plane of the net to the opponent's free space, provided the player does not touch the opponent's court. The pursuer can send the ball back to their court, over or outside the antennas, for an opportunity at a third contact.