PlusLiga Statistical Review 2018-19 – More On Attack

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In the course of my job, I have to study some stuff about volleyball.  A lot of the stuff is analytical in nature, or at least statistical.  Because I am doing it anyway, I often post the results here in the name of education.  For example a comparison of Europe’s Top 5 Leagues, and some best player and team analysis for 2018 VNL and 2019 VNL.

I am studying the 2018-19 Polish Plus Liga.  The data set contains 186 matches which includes every match (except one :() from the normal round, all cup matches between Plus Liga teams and all playoff matches where medals were at stake (ie not including position playoffs after 3rd).  As always the data are generated by Ben Raymond’s incredible apps.

Here are more attack breakdowns.  This time I have looked at the difference between attack after reception and after defence (transition attack).  For fun, I also added a table for who attacked best after their own reception.


In the previous posts, I have ranked outside hitters as a group and also broken down by different balls. In this post, I break it down by game phase.  Not surprisingly, there are a lot of the same names, but also some new ones pop up in unexpected places (see Kamil Semeniuk).  At this point we can confidently say that Milad Ebadipour and Sam Deroo had excellent seasons.  And that most other outside hitters have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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In the previous posts, I have ranked opposites as a group and also broken down by different balls. In this post, I break it down by game phase.  Perhaps some interesting notes are some players being on only one of the lists (see Michal Filip, Lincoln Williams) and Lukasz Kaczmarek who is very highly rated by the Rally Win Rate metric.

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If all goes well, I have another couple of posts to come, on reception, middle blockers and setters. In the next week or so.

Tagged Volleyball Analytics, 2018-19 Plus Liga, Plus Liga, Science Untangled

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