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Ecuavoley, Ecuador's version of volleyball sport

Whether you're looking for a friendly game to get some exercise or a serious competition, ecuavoley may be your "deporte" (sport) of choice in Loja. It might not be quite as popular as futbol but you'll find fields in almost every neighborhood and games played long into the evening.

The size of the field is the same as in the United States (9 x 18 meters) but the top of the net is about 16 inches higher at 2.85 meters (9-1/3 feet). The net is also only 2 feet "wide" instead of the USA 3' standard. The ball used for official games is a Mikasa FT-5 (size 5 soccer ball).

As to the players, a team is made up of only three on a side. You might hear the Spanish names so here they are: the setter (colocador), the flyer (volador), and the server (servidor). The flyer plays the back area (behind the setter and server) and acts as the defender of the team by running from side to side and recovering the ball for the server. The server then pops the ball up into t…

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