Player of the Week: Matt Tarantino
Our VolleyMetrics Ratings has selected Matt Tarantino of Pepperdine as the Player of the Week. Pepperdine defeated #1 BYU over the weekend, and Tarantino had one of his best performances of the season in the victory. After defeating BYU, Pepperdine moved up two spots to #6. The AVCA chose Stephen Braswell of Saint Francis as their Player of the Week who led Saint Francis to an upset victory over the then #6 Penn State.
From our ratings, we can see that both players had different strong points and weaknesses. Tarantino had very high serving and passing ratings, while Braswell outscored Tarantino in attacking and digging. Both scored far below the league average in blocking, but thanks to stellar performances in the other categories they outperformed the league on average.
From the box score, you can see that both players are great candidates to win our Volley Metrics Player of the Week. Stephen Braswell recorded 4.4 K/S and had a combined 17 digs in his two matches. He also hit .371 over his two matches. Although Matt Tarantino did not hit as well (.315) he had 5.3 K/S, had 4 block assists, and had an astonishing 3.0 serving aces and only 1 serving error. He also averaged more points per match, 21.0, compared to Braswell’s 19.5, in fewer games. As a whole, Tarantino had a better week, even though both players performed exceptionally well. Pepperdine will have two home games this week as they play USC and #4 Long Beach State, while Saint Francis will look to sneak into the top 15 with two big wins as they head home to play #13 Lewis and #12 Loyola.
With just a few more weeks left in the season, we wanted to see how well our Play of the Week candidates have done so far this season according to our rankings. Our data contains information from Week 1 – Week 11, and below is their rankings:
Szerszen leads the pack with the highest overall rating, pass rating, and attack rating. He has won the VolleyMetrics Player of the Week award three times, and by these overall numbers, you can see why. Austin Arcala had the highest serve rating, Jabarry Goodridge had the highest block rating, and Chris Nugent had the highest dig rating. With just three more weeks remaining, each player looks to solidify spots in their conference tournaments so that their teams can win and move on to the Men’s NCAA Volleyball Tournament.