It’s a cold rainy Saturday here in the North. I’ve got some time indoors to kill, so I decided to play armchair coach today. I like that the AVP/BVB Info is posting stats per set online. I can further breakdown and analyze your game. Here are my thoughts based on the stats…
It’s quite simple, when you block, you win 😉 Duh… But it appears your blocking is sporadic throughout sets. In San Diego, you’ll go from 2 blocks in one set to 0 the next, or from 1 to 3. The ‘worst’ part is that you have 0 blocks in both set 3’s you played. Blocking is a fine art. As I mentioned to my buddy Jon in my blog posting to him: Blocking Your Way to the AVP Tour , that the best blocker on the tour, Phil Dalhausser, averages 2.12 blocks per set. So don’t get discouraged when you don’t block. Maybe you are channeling the ball well for Claire to get a nice dig. My guess to set 3s is that other teams are adjusting to you throughout the match. You are becoming predictable with your movements and blocking calls. I think that set 3 is a time to take a bit more risk. Hide your block and jump into the line or angle more. Change your hand movement a little. Maybe throw a swing block in there to confuse your opponent. Experiment and find a block.
Offense. When you win, you are keeping the ball in the court. When you lose, you are not keeping the ball in the court. Simple again…duh again. One of the things I learned at MN is IPE, In Play Efficiency (a postive spin on error %). I blogged about this too: What is IPE? The premise is that for every 10 hitting attempts, you should keep 9 balls in play (an IPE of .900). In addition, of those 10 hitting attempts, 4 or 5 need to be kills (a Kill % of .400 to .500). In Match 1, your IPE was .871 and your Kill % was .487. Claire’s IPE was .956 and her Kill % was .391. Match 2 your IPE was .823 and your Kill % was .588. Claire’s IPE was .918 and her Kill % was .459. Match 3 your IPE was .840 and your Kill % was .340. Claire’s IPE was .900 and her Kill % was .300. From the numbers, you need to keep the ball in play more (rely on your team defense) and your Kill % is excellent (much better than last season…keep it up). Claire is doing a great job keeping the ball in play, now she has to work a bit more on shot selection for kills. In fact, she should probably not be as conservative/cautious on offense and be a bit more aggresive (the opposite of you). She needs to know when to take good risks.
That’s what I got for you today. I hope you and Claire wll be playing together in Houston. Have you thought that if you beat Hanson and Rutledge in set 3, you could have placed 2nd? 😉