This past week showcased several individuals who have led their teams to impressive starts early in the season. As we ran our analysis on who should be recognized as Player of the Week, two players stood out from the rest: Nicolas Szerszen from Ohio State and TJ DeFalco of Long Beach State. You can see how each player fared with our ratings compared to the league average for the week.
The AVCA Coaches’ Poll voted for TJ DeFalco to win his first Player of the Week award, but our VolleyMetrics analysis awarded Nicolas Szerszen as he barely edged out TJ for the top spot. Below is a box score of the two games they each played this past week:
Hitting percentage was a crucial variable in the overall ranking. Szerszen hit an impressive .626 this week while playing in 6 games, compared to DeFalco’s percentage of .397 in 8 games. Szerszen’s efficiency was boosted by his 18 kill game against George Mason when he hit .773 on 22 attempts. Szerszen recorded an average of 1.5 errors/match, which is almost four times less than DeFalco (5.5 errors/match).
Ohio State swept both of their opponents, handily beating Erskine and George Mason in 3 games each while DeFalco’s Long Beach State team propelled itself to the 2nd overall seed by beating Cal Baptist and USC, each in 4 sets. Both of these players had impressive weeks, and it will be enjoyable to see how they perform in their upcoming matches. Szerszen and Ohio State face Coker and Pfeiffer this week, while Long Beach State take on BYU twice at home.
Rally of the Week
The Rally of the Week this week comes from Stanford at BYU on Friday. Enjoy.