Harvard’s Brad Gretsch came out on top this week in the VolleyMetrics Player of the Week rankings. The 6’6 Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter led his team to two wins against Charleston (W.V.) over the weekend, winning in 4 and 3 games respectively. James Shaw, on the other hand, was selected as the AVCA Player of the Week. Shaw, a 6’8 senior setter for Stanford, led his team to two victories over CSUN and Long Beach State. Below we compare their performances.


Both players outperformed the league on average. Gretsch had a higher score on all five skills than the league average, while Shaw underperformed in passing and digging. Understandably Shaw scored a 0 in passing since he doesn’t serve receive.


Both players had outstanding games this past week. Gretsch hit an impressive 0.571 on 42 total attacks with only 2 hitting errors. He also recorded 11 digs, 1 solo block and 5 block assists, all in only 7 games. Shaw, as Stanford’s starting setter, had 11 kills and 0 hitting errors on 16 total attacks, recorded 3 serving aces and 11 digs. He also had 102 assists in 9 games. While Shaw has higher serving aces per match and the same dig/match ratio as Gretsch, Gretsch had a higher dig per game ratio. Gretsch recorded 1.57 Digs / Game while Shaw had 1.22. The VolleyMetrics rating gave Gretsch the higher serving score because of how his team performed while he served. When Gretsch served, Harvard won 42% of the points, while Stanford only won 32% of the points while Shaw served.

Harvard will play #11 Penn State and Saint Francis this week, as Stanford will look to clinch home court advantage in the MPSF Tournament as they go on the road to face #4 UCLA and #7 UC Santa Barbara.




These are our VolleyMetric Players of the Week winners for the MPSF, MIVA, and EIVA conferences. Each player’s scores are weighted only on players within that conference. This weeks winners are below, as well as their box scores for the week:





TJ DeFalco

of Long Beach State

Gerrard Lipscombe

of Grand Canyon

Brad Gretsch

of Harvard


Each player had a great week, as they dominated in conference play. Each player recorded multiple block assists, with TJ DeFalco leading the way with a total of 7 this weekend. Brad Gretsch had the best attacking percentage of .571 over two matches, while TJ DeFalco averaged 5.1 K/S in his two matches. Gerrard Lipscombe had a total of 3 aces this weekend, while serving .744, which was the best of the three Conference Player of the Weeks.



Bri Hintze

Bri Hintze

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