Two teams of six players each stand anxiously ready on a large netted court. A player on one team tosses a medium sized ball into the air, and then sends it buzzing across the net at an incredible speed. There the ball is first bumped into air by one player… is set toward the front of the net by a second player… and is finally violently slammed across the net by a third player. This is the exciting sport of Volleyball. Ranking as one of the world’s most popular and enjoyable team sports, volleyball is a game in which players volley – or hit – a leather-skinned ball back and forth across a net. The game starts when the offensive team serves the ball across the net. The receiving players must return the serve by cleanly hitting it with their hands… without catching, lifting, scooping, or throwing the ball. All the players try to hit the ball to the floor of the other team’s court – often trying to spike… or slam… the ball past the opposing players, who leap and dive to prevent it from touching their floor. This game is truly exciting both to play and to watch. In fact, volleyball is so well-loved around the world, that in 1964 it became a regular event of the Olympic Games. To honor the thrilling event of Women’s Volleyball, the United States Postal Service issued the colorful stamp that is featured on the front of this First Day Cover.