The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan. At the time, it was called mintonette and was created to combine the best aspects of handball, basketball, tennis and baseball.
The first volleyball net was a tennis net that only stood 6 feet 6 inches tall. As the sport evolved, rules were developed thanks to the development of the United States Volleyball Association in 1928. In 1900, a ball was specifically designed for the game and, in 1916, the traditional set and spike were introduced to the game.
By 1917, the point system of volleyball was changed from 21 to 15 points and by 1920, the back row attack rules were implemented. Volleyball's popularity was firmly rooted in American culture by 1922. That year, the first YMCA national championships were held and 27 teams competed.
As volleyball continued gaining popularity, more changes were in store for the sport. In 1934, the first national volleyball referees were approved and in 1964, volleyball made it to the Olympics. A national women's team was founded in 1975, and by 1996, two-person volleyball matches became an Olympic sport.
Volleyball remains a popular sport today and the United States has four teams on its professional volleyball roster. Volleyball is played in almost every high school and college in the country.