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 in the standings. UCLA, on the other hand, is coming off of a bye and are hoping to overcome their mid-season slump. After starting their season 9-1, UCLA has dropped six of their eight matches. The good thing for UCLA for this match is that they are 6-2 at home right now, so they will look to use to home court advantage to turn their season around. Below, we have created a table to display the VolleyMetric Ratings between these two teams:

VolleyMetrics Ratings
Team Serve Pass Attack Block Dig Set Overall SOS Win %
UC Los Angeles 7.62 7.15 5.6 5.98 4.98 6.68 5.8 5.7 76.11%
Lewis 3.55 7.06 5.51 6.47 4.96 6.78 5.67 5.57 23.89%
League Overall 4.8 7.1 4.98 5.97 4.97 5.66 5.61 5.62

 
Four out of the six skills in our ratings favor UCLA, but aside from serving, both teams are pretty similar in ratings. UCLA is rated above the average in both attacking and passing, which have a big impact on our overall rating. UCLA’s freshman, Daenan Gyimah, is hitting .491, which is the second highest hitting efficiency in the country so far. As a team, they are hitting .331. One of the skills Lewis has the advantage on is blocking. They are the third rated blocking team in our ratings, and are averaging about 2.5 blocks per set. In this match up, we have UCLA predicted to beat Lewis. Below, we have some graphics to compare the stats for each team.

  • Lewis
  • UCLA
.334
48.9%
45.9%
51.9%
43.8%
.315
45.8%
42.6%
49.9%
45.8%

In these donut pie charts, we can see a good side by side comparison of each team’s stats for some of the important skills. The first three charts demonstrate each team’s attacking. UCLA has the advantage in each of these categories, and have an impressive kill percentage of almost 50%. As we look at good pass percentage, but teams are very similar, but UCLA does have the advantage, which could attribute to their higher hitting efficiency and kill percentage. The last graphic shows the block touch percentage. Lewis has a higher percentage, which we would assume because of their high blocking rating. They touch about 46% of block attempts, which is one of the highest in the country. This match will be played on Wednesday, March 8th, so make sure to tune in and watch this match up.

 



 

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Corley Bagley

Corley Bagley

Director of Analytics

VolleyMetrics

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