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What are the official rules of volleyball?

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In volleyball, a team scores a point by successfully grounding the ball on the opponent's court on the opposite side of the net. A team also scores when the opposing team commits a fault or receives a penalty. If the serving team wins a rally, it scores a point and continues to serve; if the receiving team wins a rally, it scores a point, and it serves next.

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A fault occurs when a team makes a play that is contrary to the rules, as determined by the judge. If two or more faults are committed successively, then only the first one is counted. If two or more faults are committed by opponents simultaneously, called a double fault, then the rally is delayed. A rally is the sequence of action from the moment of the serve until the ball is out of play, and a completed rally is the sequence of action that results in a point.

A match is composed of five sets, and the match is won by the team that wins three sets. A set is won by the team that first scores 25 points, with a minimum lead of two points. In the case of a tie between two teams with 24 points, play is continued until one team reaches a two point lead. If the teams split the first four sets, then the fifth set is only played to 15 points, with a minimum two point lead.

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