Men’s Conference Tournament Breakdowns
April 20th, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

This past week, the MPSF and the MIVA started their conference tournaments, and now, the EIVA and Conference Carolinas will begin theirs. For this blog post, we will break down some analysis for the four teams in each of these conferences, as well as each team’s probability in winning their conference tournament. We will also include the VolleyMetric ratings on each team. Note that the team that is bolded is the host team in the tournament. MPSF Tournament Predictions Team Read More

Men’s Match of the Week 15 & MPSF/MIVA 1st Round Predictions
April 13th, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

This week, the MPSF and the MIVA will begin their tournaments, while the EIVA and Conference Carolinas will finish their last week of the regular season. Long Beach State and BYU are the top two teams in the MPSF, while Ohio State and Lewis are the top teams in the MIVA. We have displayed the ratings for each team in each of these tournaments, as well is their first round win prediction at the very bottom of the page. For Read More

Match of the Week – Week 14
April 5th, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

This will be the last Match of the Week for the regular season, as most teams are finishing up their season this week. As we look at the AVCA rankings, Long Beach State is the new number one team in the country following Ohio State’s lost to Penn State earlier last week. It’ll be interesting to see how things finish up this week and how seeding will work out going into conference tournament play. For this week, we will be Read More

Analysis Shows an Increase of Serves Leads to a Higher Win Percentage
March 31st, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

In the last few weeks, our statisticians at VolleyMetrics have been analyzing matches and trying to find a skill or stat that is highly correlated to winning a match. We’ve analyzed attacking efficiency, side out percentage, and many others, but they have finally found the highest correlation: serving. Serving is one of the most basic skills in volleyball. Every point begins with a serve, and teams can get a big advantage in a match if they can perform well in Read More

Men’s Match of the Week – Week 13
March 29th, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

For our match this week, we will analyzing a match up between two teams trying to sneak into the MPSF playoffs: #11 USC and #15 UCSB. These teams are currently tied for the 8th spot at 5-9, so this match could be a big determinant of whether they make it into the playoffs. These two teams faced off at the beginning of the season, where Santa Barbara defeated USC in 3 matches in Santa Barbara. USC will have the home Read More

Men’s Match of the Week – Week 12
March 22nd, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

For this week’s match of the week, we will take a look at the number one team in the country, Long Beach State, as they travel to face the number three team in the country, BYU. Interesting enough, these two teams are not just two of the top three teams in the country, but they are the number one and two team in the MPSF. Currently, Long Beach has a half match lead over BYU, but these two matches this Read More

Men’s Match of the Week – Week 11
March 15th, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

With just a few weeks left in the season, teams will be fighting for the top spots in their conferences heading into their tournament. This week, we have #3 BYU hosting #4 Hawaii for two matches this weekend. Both teams have clinched a spot in the MPSF tournament already, but they are currently fighting for the #2 spot. Hawaii is 10-2 in the MPSF, while BYU is slightly better at 11-1, so things can easily change in positioning for the Read More

Men’s Match of the Week – Week 10
March 8th, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

This week’s match of week features two teams battling from different conferences: #5 Lewis against #7 UCLA. Lewis is the away team in this match up and will look to build on their seven game win streak as they face their first ranked opponent in the top 10 for the first time since losing to #1 Ohio State almost a month ago. They are currently number 2 in the MIVA standings, and they are just 0.5 games behind Ohio State Read More

Men’s Match of the Week – Week 9
March 1st, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

This week’s match up will be between #2 Long Beach State and #6 UC Irvine. These two teams faced off earlier this year in Irvine, as Long Beach decimated Irvine in three sets, beating them by an average of six points per set. Since then, both teams have gone undefeated and have each moved up in the AVCA Rankings, and the VolleyMetric Ratings. Below, we have these team’s ratings for you to compare them: VolleyMetrics Ratings Team Serve Pass Attack Read More

Men’s Match of the Week – Week 8
February 22nd, 2017
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by Corley Bagley

We are just passed the half way mark of the 2017 season, and as we look at the conference standings , there are a lot of different teams that are still in the race to win their conferences. In the MPSF there are six teams that are within three games of each other. The EIVA, has seven teams that are within two games of each other. Conference Carolinas and the MIVA only have a few teams that are still in Read More