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.
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.