Stanford/BYU questions

Stanford/BYU questions

Post by Ralph Durh » Sat, 26 Feb 1994 10:21:01


I went to see the match between Stanford and BYU this past Saturday.
BYU won in straight sets. Two things stood out. Maybee its because I
haven't seen much men's volleyball but here goes.
 1. The serves from both teams seemed vey erratic. In the net, out
the back. The percentage of really good, not returnable, vs faults
was low. At one point Stanford failed to make a serve in 5 staight
attemps. (this really hurts when you are down 12-8) The women's
teams I have watched appear to do much better.

 2. Both teams seemed defensively much weeker against the middle
hitters. Again is this typical. The success rate looked much higher
than using the outside hitters. (Bear in mind I did not or have not
keep stats.) But as a stategy I would work the middle until you
pulled blockers from the outside to stop the ***.

  Comments are welcome and I'm hoping some one can tell if
myobservations were correct and perhaps why or whynot my stategy in
2 would not work.

Ralph

 
 
 

Stanford/BYU questions

Post by Bruce Burre » Sun, 27 Feb 1994 18:27:43

[snip]
: Perhaps the women have lower errors because they don't have extra power to
: play with, affording them less opportunity to sizzle a serve through the
: defense.
[snip]
Or perhaps because they have 0.19M lower net height?  My serve is
certainly nastier in reverse coed.

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Stanford/BYU questions

Post by Lynn Walla » Sun, 27 Feb 1994 05:52:02


Quote:
>I went to see the match between Stanford and BYU this past Saturday.
>BYU won in straight sets. Two things stood out. Maybee its because I
>haven't seen much men's volleyball but here goes.
> 1. The serves from both teams seemed vey erratic. In the net, out
>the back. The percentage of really good, not returnable, vs faults
>was low. At one point Stanford failed to make a serve in 5 staight
>attemps. (this really hurts when you are down 12-8) The women's
>teams I have watched appear to do much better.

The tougher you are trying to serve, the more mistakes you are likely to
make.  Personally, I'd rather keep a high percentage of my serves in, but
that's because I typically don't play against powerhouse offenses like the
college-level teams have.

Perhaps the women have lower errors because they don't have extra power to
play with, affording them less opportunity to sizzle a serve through the
defense.

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Post by Jim Salt » Sun, 27 Feb 1994 11:07:08

|> I went to see the match between Stanford and BYU this past Saturday.
|> BYU won in straight sets. Two things stood out. Maybee its because I
|> haven't seen much men's volleyball but here goes.

I saw the same game, and I agree with both your statements.  Even though Stanford lost the second and third games 17-15, 16-14, they were lucky to have gotten that close.

|>  1. The serves from both teams seemed vey erratic. In the net, out
|> the back. The percentage of really good, not returnable, vs faults
|> was low. At one point Stanford failed to make a serve in 5 staight
|> attemps. (this really hurts when you are down 12-8) The women's
|> teams I have watched appear to do much better.

The Stanford team had a very poor serving percentage vs. BYU.  I can understand missing the serve when trying for an ace, a really short service, or a hard jump serve, but this isn't what happened.  They had a very bad service match.

|>  2. Both teams seemed defensively much weeker against the middle
|> hitters. Again is this typical. The success rate looked much higher
|> than using the outside hitters. (Bear in mind I did not or have not
|> keep stats.) But as a stategy I would work the middle until you
|> pulled blockers from the outside to stop the ***.

I noticed this, too.  It seemed that in the first two games, Stanford was trying to prove they could get their outside hitters into the games.  They got stuffed quite a few times.  BYU seemed to have a very good rotation throughout, but Stanford seemed to get caught a few times in bad rotations that lost them quite a few points.

|> Ralph

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