If you want to play volleyball at the elite level, you better start doing abdominal crunches now.

When it comes to driving the ball over the net, a strong core, it turns out, is as important as strong legs and shoulders.

“I played a couple of sand tournaments a couple of weeks ago and that was the first thing that was sore, my abs,” says Lauren Budde, middle hitter with the Washington University Bears.

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