For the first time this season, a setter is the VolleyMetrics Ratings Player of the Week. Hagen Smith, a 6’0 Junior from California, is one of the two setters UCLA uses in their two-setter offense. He is a duel threat, being able to set with great accuracy, and hit with a high efficiency. Hagen Smith helped #4 UCLA to defeat #3 Stanford 3-0 and #6 Pepperdine 3-1. Those two big wins helped them to move a spot up in the rankings to #2 in the MPSF before the MPSF tournament. The AVCA also chose a setter, Peter Hutz of Loyola, as their Player of the Week. This will be interesting to see how these two setters compare in our rankings, and their box scores.



At a first look of our ratings, Hagen Smith largely outperformed Peter Hutz overall. It is important to note that Hutz had ratings of 0.00 in passing and attacking. This is because in order a player to be included in the pass and attack rankings, they must have more than 10 attacks and at least 1 pass. Because Hutz did not reach the minimum require for these rankings, he received a zero. Let’s look at their box score to get a better idea of how they played this week.


Box scores never lie. When you see the break down, Hagen Smith had a much better attacking efficiency, serving percentage, and setting percentage. Smith also had more blocks and kills. However, Hutz had 8.5 digs per match, and 13 A/S. Ultimately, when we look at the team’s hitting efficiency from these setter’ performances, Loyola hit .320, while UCLA hit .363 while playing two teams in the top 10.


UCLA will play Hawaii in the quarterfinals of the MPSF this weekend, while Loyola will play Quincy in the quarterfinals of the MIVA tournament.

2016 VolleyMetrics Men’s Volleyball Players of the Week



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


Hagen Smith of


Setter, Junior


Nicolas Szerszen of

Ohio State

OH, Sophomore


Chris Nugent of

Penn State

OH, Junior


Hitting %: .636

Setting %: .536

Team Hitting %: .363



K/S: 4.33

Aces: 5

D/S: 3.67


K/S: 4.43

Hitting %: .500

K/E: 5.17



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