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Spikeball, the growth of a sport

Spikeball progresses from a simple backyard pursuit to a global sport, staging its own world championships, won by an SDSU alumnus

Photo courtesy image of Buddy Hammon

Thwack! College campuses, beaches and parks across the United States reverberate with the sound of a trampoline being struck. Bodies dive in a whirl of hands and elbows, throwing caution to the wind in a wild race to compete.

Over the last 10 years, roundnet, more commonly known by the brand name Spikeball, has taken the college world by storm.

“It looks like a game of volleyball but instead of hitting it over a net you bounce it off one,” said Liam Shand, an exchange student at San Diego State University.