Social Media Cover Art

Match of the Week


Hawaii once again is featured in our VolleyMetrics Match of the Week as they handed former AVCA No.1 ranked UCLA their first loss. This week they match up against VMRI No.1 Stanford in a battle of the statistically best in the nation. Stanford has only lost to current No.3 BYU and dropped a match last week to current No.1 LBSU. This is a team that is looking to prove that they belong in the top-5. Statistically these teams are incredibly evenly matched as you can see by having the rare equal score in Serve. Below is a overview of their ratings.

wk5team wk5radar

A more visual comparison of each team’s fundamentals can be seen in the image to the right. You can see the battle of strengths that will unfold. Both teams find themselves in the top 4 attacking teams in the nation, with Hawaii claiming the top spot. Stanford has made its way into the 5th spot in the Block category and both teams claim top 4 spots in Dig as well. This should be an epic battle between the best offenses and defenses in the nation. We will see which squad fights their way through and overcomes the strength of the other.

Player of the Week


Player of the Week: Brenden Sander


Our VolleyMetrics Ratings Index has selected this week’s Player of the Week to be BYU’s Brenden Sander. Brenden was able to help lead the Cougars to two separate victories over #10 UC Santa Barbara. Sander also recorded a season-high 15 kills in Saturday’s match. The AVCA nominated Enrique de Diego Garcia of Cal Baptist as their Player of the Week. Let’s see how our VolleyMetrics Ratings compare them:


As you can see, Sander has a large Overall edge over Garcia. This in large part is due to Garcia’s zero score in Pass. Currently the Overall Score doesn’t account for the fact that Garcia didn’t not attempt a pass. Another reason is seen in the Serve differential as Sander outplayed Garcia from behind the end line. However, Garcia was able to obtain higher attack and block scores than Sander.


From the box score, we see that each player had their own different strengths. Enrique de Diego Garcia was able to record a total of 45 kills without a single error, which is almost unheard of! He also was able to average a .662 hitting % throughout his four matches this past week. Brenden Sander was able to record a higher K/S ratio than Garcia (3.67 compared to 3.46), serve more aces, and record more points per set for his team. Although Garcia was a force to reckon with in hitting, Sander had an overall better week.

Sander will look to lead BYU again this week as they go on the road to play Princeton and NJIT, while Garcia and Cal Baptist look to build off their four-game win streak in tough matches against #1 Long Beach St. and #11 CSUN.



Brett Ware

Brett Ware

Stats Analyst


  • An Open Letter From Giuseppe Vinci

    An Open Letter From Giuseppe Vinci

    An open letter to VolleyMetrics family and friends—and every person out there with a passion. Today is a big day for all of us: VolleyMetrics signed a formal agreement to be acquired by Hudl, the global leader in sports video and analysis. As formal as our announcement may sound, this was a very natural decision once I saw how a partnership with Hudl could increase our ability to improve the …
  • Men’s Conference Tournament Breakdowns

    Men’s Conference Tournament Breakdowns

    This past week, the MPSF and the MIVA started their conference tournaments, and now, the EIVA and Conference Carolinas will begin theirs. For this blog post, we will break down some analysis for the four teams in each of these conferences, as well as each team’s probability in winning their conference tournament. We will also include the VolleyMetric ratings on each team. Note that the team that is bolded is …
  • Men’s Match of the Week 15 & MPSF/MIVA 1st Round Predictions

    Men’s Match of the Week 15 & MPSF/MIVA 1st Round Predictions

    This week, the MPSF and the MIVA will begin their tournaments, while the EIVA and Conference Carolinas will finish their last week of the regular season. Long Beach State and BYU are the top two teams in the MPSF, while Ohio State and Lewis are the top teams in the MIVA. We have displayed the ratings for each team in each of these tournaments, as well is their first round …
  • Match of the Week – Week 14

    Match of the Week – Week 14

    This will be the last Match of the Week for the regular season, as most teams are finishing up their season this week. As we look at the AVCA rankings, Long Beach State is the new number one team in the country following Ohio State’s lost to Penn State earlier last week. It’ll be interesting to see how things finish up this week and how seeding will work out going …
  • Analysis Shows an Increase of Serves Leads to a Higher Win Percentage

    Analysis Shows an Increase of Serves Leads to a Higher Win Percentage

    In the last few weeks, our statisticians at VolleyMetrics have been analyzing matches and trying to find a skill or stat that is highly correlated to winning a match. We’ve analyzed attacking efficiency, side out percentage, and many others, but they have finally found the highest correlation: serving. Serving is one of the most basic skills in volleyball. Every point begins with a serve, and teams can get a big …