An interesting event at my son's USAV sanctioned VB tournament this weekend.
Background: This occurred in the 2nd round of pool play. The top two teams
of each pool would advance to the Gold Bracket playoffs. Due to the number
of teams, the first four pools were standard 3 team pools. The fifth pool
was set-up as a four team 2 X 2 crossover (1 played A & B - 2 played A & B -
1 never played 2). At the end of the fifth pool play, there was 1 team 2-0
and advancing to the gold playoff. There were two teams with a 1-1 record
in matches. Both of these teams were 3-3 in games. One team had an
advantage in point differential. These two teams had not played each other.
The tie breakers were matches, games, head to head and then points.
The team with the point advantage was initially slotted as the 2nd place
team to advance. The other team coach argued that because head-to-head was
the next tie breaker and the teams had not played head-to-head, that the two
teams should have a one game playoff to decide who would advance. The
tournament director after hearing this argument, agreed with that logic and
ruled there would be a one game playoff to 25.
Was that correct? Is there any guidance for TD's on those issues?
PS: The team that had the point advantage lost the one game playoff and
ended up playing in the Silver playoffs. My son's team benefited and
advanced to Gold.