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Expert Analysis: Stanford vs Wisconsin, NCAA National Championship by Joe Trinsey

The NCAA Volleyball National Championship has had a history of exciting matches. Last year Stanford pulled out a tightly-contested 3-2 win over Nebraska. This year, their Championship match was not as close. Stanford won both the semifinal and final in convincing fashion. The statistics in the two matches looked similar: Sideout Key Factors, Semifinal vs...

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Expert Analysis: Stanford vs Minnesota, NCAA National Semifinals by Joe Trinsey

We started our NCAA Tournament Analysis with a look at the Wisconsin vs Baylor match. Now, we turn to the other semifinal: Stanford vs Minnesota. While the match had some tight spots, Stanford led most of the sets en route to a 3-0 victory. Let’s turn to the GMS Stats App for some first impressions:...

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Expert Analysis: Wisconsin vs Baylor, NCAA National Semifinals by Joe Trinsey

This NCAA season has been one of the most contested in recent years; at least 10 teams felt like they had a shot to win the National Championship this year. Baylor has been strong all season, rising to number-1 in the RPI to start the tournament. Wisconsin started less-than-dominant at 9-4 (including a loss to...

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Volleyball Serve-Receive Formations

Rotation 5 Analysis

The classes continue with our Rotation 201 series, where we study the strategies and tactics used in each rotation by the best teams in NCAA and International volleyball. We’ve now reached Rotation 5. Like Rotation 4, which we studied the past two weeks, Rotation 5 is a setter-front rotation, which means the setter is in...

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Rotations 201: Rotation 4 (Part 2!)

  In last week’s installment of our Rotation 201 series, we looked at Rotation 4. Specifically, we looked at what several of the top National teams are doing in that rotation. Today, we’ll look at how top NCAA teams are managing Rotation 4, partly as a result of different rule sets between International and American...

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Rotations 201: Rotation 4 (Part 1)

  We’re now 4 weeks into our in-depth study of rotation tactics- the series we’ve dubbed, “Rotations 201.” In our first three articles, we studied rotations that coaches call, “3-hitter rotations,” or, “setter-back,” rotations, because the setter is in the back row and the offense has three front row attackers available. Rotation 4 marks the...

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Rotations 201: Rotation 3

Rotations 201: Rotation 3 Time for the third installment of our second-level course on Rotation Optimization. In previous posts, we looked at variations that coaches can use in Rotations 1 and 2. Today, we look at Rotation 3. The first two parts of this article series featured some of the top NCAA teams, but now...

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Rotations 201: Rotation 2

Rotations 201: Rotation 2 Class is back in session! Today we continue our Rotations 201 series and look at how some of the best teams in the NCAA tweak their rotations and adjust to in-game challenges. Previously we looked at Rotation 1. Today we look at Rotation 2, with the setter in position 6. This...

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