Guest Post: Tyler Widdison (USA Beach) – AVP Women’s Champions Cup EDA (exploratory data analysis)

With the AVP Champions Cup over. Lets look at the stats! I did some web scraping from their results page. I won't go over how I web scraped this data. Additional resources for Beach Volley stats https://github.com/BigTimeStats/beach-volleyball/tree/master/data by Adam Vagner. For this post I didn't use Adams stats. Adams doesn't have Qualifier matches, the PASS [...]

Guest Post: Brian Hurler (USAV Women) – How Set Speeds Affect Hitting Efficiency

Brian Hurler is currently the Performance Analyst for the USA Women's National Team. Brian was most recently the Technical Coordinator at Stanford and held a similar position at Creighton University when he wrote this in 2020. Not a terrible trajectory for the guy huh? (https://usavolleyball.org/story/hurler-bringing-talents-to-u-s-womens-nt-staff/) Outside Set Speeds Per Team Using match data from the [...]

step 6: if he’s a good hitter, why doesn’t he hit good?

% split of Terminal vs. Non-Terminal attacks 1. Welcome to attacking: the most important skill in our game. I'd also argue it's the most interesting, least understood, and most dynamic of our game - making it the best place to pick some low-hanging fruit. 2. We need to understand the reality of attacking. As you [...]

step 4: passer ratings

So. Where do we start? We know that passing is important, but does it predict the future? Man...I hope so. That would save me some steps. 0.5 Just for reference, I've created a passer rating in the data that's built as follows: Top to bottom: perfect, pretty good, medium, poor, no attack/overpass, error 1. Let's [...]