Volleyball Match Delivers Triple 6-Pack, 1 Spike Takes out 3 Players

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 13, 2012

This is the case of the magic volleyball. 

There isn't mush in the way of information in the YouTube description, just that we are witnesses to a rare play in volleyball. 

The triple six-pack is basically something that happens when three players are smashed in the face with a spike at once, and you can see why that would be rare. 

It takes three fit athletes to be completely stunned by a ricocheting ball, so much so that they allow it to blast them in the face without putting up much of a fight. 

As for the name, Total Pro Sports helps us about, a bit. 

In volleyball, when you hit an opponent in the face with a spike, they call that a six-pack. I’m not sure why, exactly. I’ve read some accounts that say it’s because it makes the person woozy, as though they’d just consumed a six-pack of beer. But I’ve also read that it’s because some teams used to give a six-pack of beer to anyone who clocked an opponent in the face.

While we have heard of the phrase before, we have never pegged down why it's referred to as a six-pack exactly. 

Any volleyball buffs who could help out there would be appreciated. Is it from the feeling of having six beers, or the reward of six beers for pulling it off?

Either way, sit back and watch some unintentional slapstick comedy. 

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