Player of the Week: Nicholas Olson
This week’s VolleyMetrics Rating’s Player of the Week is Loyola’s middle block, Nicholas Olson. Olson and Loyola had a close loss against Saint Francis (who is now ranked #15), but then bounced back the following day with a huge win against #10 Penn State. The AVCA chose Jabarry Goodridge of NJIT as their Player of the Week, as he and NJIT powered through Princeton twice this weekend.
Our ratings show that Olson had a better week than Goodridge. Olson scored higher than Goodridge in all skill categories, except for dig. While Olson only passed a couple of times, his pass and attacking score were both over 9.0, giving Olson one of the highest overall scores of the season.
Looking at the box score of the two players, it may seem like Goodridge had the better week, as he more than doubled the amount of kills Olson had and recorded almost twice as many points. It is important to note that the VolleyMetrics Ratings analyze each player’s impact more precisely than the box score. Our ratings take in account how well their team and the opposing team does after all of their touches. For example, Olson’s serve rating is much higher than Goodridge’s because Loyola scored off of 46% of Olson’s serves while NJIT only scored off of 38% of Goodridge’s serves. Also, NJIT scored off of 31% of Goodridge’s blocks, whereas Loyola scored off of 39% of Olson’s blocks.
#12 Loyola will play #13 Lewis at home this week and then they will head over to Arizona to play Grand Canyon for two matches, while NJIT has two tough home games against #15 Saint Francis and #11 Penn State.
CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
We are going to start adding a conference player of the week for the MPSF, MIVA, and EIVA conferences. Each player’s scores are weighted only on players within that conference.
MPSF MIVA EIVA
Ben Patch of BYU Nicholas Olson of Loyola Luke Robbe of NJIT