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Maybe it’s due to soccer’s universally-known prohibition against using one’s hands, that it’s assumed among casual volleyball players that a similar rule applies in that sport with regards to the feet.

In actuality, volleyball rules stipulate that any part of the anatomy can be used in a hit — as demonstrated by Steve Marshall in Canada’s Pan American Games victory over Mexico in 2015.

Canada's Steve Marshall executes volleyball kick dig versus Mexico


Marshall’s display of deft footwork was not the first time a player has kicked a ball back toward the net in international play. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Brazilian libero Fabiana de Oliveira made a similar foot dig. Brazil won the point, but lost the match as South Korea swept the favorites three sets to none.