Hello in this video, I will explain various
volleyball statistics, like what they mean. I have a few reasons for making this video.
First, you know sometimes you watch volleyball on TV or a real game and you will see stats
being displayed, but you might not know what they mean. To be honest, sometimes the names
don’t really give a good indication of what they mean. I want to help clarify those meanings.
Secondly, after matches I often send reports and they include stats. In addition, MaxPreps
has updated player stats. Some of the players, parents, and fans might see those stats and
assume they must be good – “Hmm, that player got 9 kills, wow! Wait, what are kills, anyway?”
I want to make those stats clear so the next time you see them, you will know exactly what
you did well in and what you need to do more of in future matches. I will start with two
stats related to serving. First off, “ace.” An ace is a result of any serve, the kind
that is delivered behind a line, and can be done underarmed, with a high ball toss, or
with a jump. The ball goes over the net and the other team try to pass it, but fail and
lose the ball. That means we get a point as a result, and that is called an ace. Another
related to serving is called service point. Understand that as far as aces and service
points are concerned, aces are a direct result of the serving player scoring a point off
the serve. Service points are more of team points that came because that player was serving.
I look at service points like a baseball pitcher. You know how a pitcher in baseball is alone
with eight other defending players. Sometimes if a pitcher pitches very well, but his defense
made a few mistakes and his team fell behind by a few runs, then the pitcher would still
get a “loss” anyway. Baseball views win/loss records for pitchers as important, but as
for volleyball, not so much. If I serve and my team get a point, it isn’t that important.
It is still a statistic, and sometimes it helps coaches figure out which rotation of
a team is better than others. Basically, service points means if I serve, any time I am serving,
and the ball goes back and forth after that, and if the other team misses the ball, I get
a point, any point, anyway. It is a nice stat to have, but not the best indicator of a player’s
skill level. It doesn’t mean that I serve well, but that my team plays better when I
serve and we get more points. Next, there is a stat related to attacking. What is it?
It is a “kill.” Many people look at kills as when a player makes a jump spike and gets
a point as a direct result, that is a kill. Really, a kill is any time you touch the ball,
it goes over the net, and the other team fail to pass the ball. It’s a kill! If I make a
lucky third touch that sends the ball over the net and my opponents are careless and
the ball hits the floor, it is a kill! Or if I see a gap and I don’t feel ready to attack
it overhead, but I bump it purposefully to get the ball there for a point, that is a
kill! Really, as for an attack… the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) view
an attack as any time you touch the ball that could result in a kill. MaxPreps says kills
must come from attacks, meaning if I make a lucky touch, like if my team passes and
the third touch goes to me, and I just save the ball by passing it over the net and luckily
it touches the floor, really that is not counted as an “attack.” It is not viewed as a real
attack, but it is still a kill. So to sum it up, if you touch the ball, it goes over
the net, and the other team fail to save or pass it, then it’s a kill! I want to emphasize
that an ace is not a kill. Why? Aces are results of serves. Kills are points scored after a
serve. If I play the ball after the serve, I get it over the net, and it touches the
floor, that’s a point. Next up, another topic is “serve reception.” That stat is not seen
often. Why? Top volleyball teams at the college, international, and pro levels, if the other
team serves at them, they should bump or overhead – pass it! MaxPreps keep track of them because
they cover the [lower] high school level. Some players are already very good at passing
serves, and others have a harder time with it so they give stats to recognize their receptions.
A reception is any time the other team serve and I make a bump or overhead first touch
successfully. That pass is counted. It doesn’t matter if my team got a point off that or
not. However, if a serve comes to me and I try to pass it, but it was too low off me,
and my team couldn’t make a second touch, then it cannot be considered a reception.
It has to be a very clear pass off the first touch. Next, two stats related to blocks.
Really, there are three. “Solo block” is when a player, alone, jumps and blocks the ball.
What happened was that the other team had tried to attack, the blocker deflects it,
and the deflected ball lands on the other side of the net. As a direct result of that,
the attacking team lost the point, and the blocking team gained the point. That is a
block. If the attack is deflected, but the attacking side manages to save the ball, it
is not a block. It has to be a direct point as a result of the deflection – that is a
block. If the attack gets deflected, and the attacking team touches the ball to try to
save it but fails, yes, a block. However, if a referee calls a player for an illegal
block, like if they accidentally touch the net or have their hands over the net as interference,
if that happens, the attacking player of the other team will actually get a kill! Now,
“assisted block.” If two or three players together attempt to block together, in reality,
only one player will will actually deflect the ball. The other one or two blockers won’t
touch it. However, the team block causes the ball to be deflected. So, all three players
involved are credited with an assisted block each. What this means is if a teammate and
I both jump to block, I couldn’t touch the ball, but he touches it, then we both get
an assisted block each. He will not be credited for a solo block. It is because he wasn’t
alone; I was with him jumping to block at the same time. Thirdly, we have “total blocks.”
Basically, after the match, the true — solo blocks and assisted blocks are totaled for
a player. So basically a block must be a deflection and immediately results in a point for us.
We cannot deflect it and have the other team save it! It is not marked off as a block.
That is called a “touch.” It is different! In addition, touches are not counted by most
statistical organizations. MaxPreps does not count them. Next on the list, “assists.” That
is a stat I wish this — our team would get more of. An assist is when a player touches
the ball to another player, and that player attacks to get a kill. Some people misunderstand
assists. They think if a player makes a successful second touch pass, and the third touch is
an attack that does not directly result into a point, I can mark it as an assist. Nope.
It has to be an immediate point! Any time I pass, whether it be off the first touch,
or second touch set, or I suddenly dig and save the ball, and my teammate attacks or
directly bumps the ball into a point, I automatically get an assist. Finally, the last stat I will
explain is “dig.” Some people misunderstands a dig as any slide to contact the ball. Nah,
a dig is really any time when a player is ready, the other team attacks the ball in
any aggressive manner – not accidentally, it has to be an aggressive attack – if I bump
or overhead pass to save it, it is called a dig. However, it has to be a good pass and
not a contact that sends the ball out of play. That is not counted as a dig. Interestingly,
if a ball comes to me and I try to contact it, but it accidentally goes back over the
net and the other team weren’t ready and the ball touches the floor, I will actually get
both a dig and a kill! A last word on “dig.” If my teammate attacks, the other team blocks
it, and it goes to me and I immediately touch it to save it, it is not marked as a dig.
Why? The other team was blocking. They were not attacking! Therefore, I cannot get a dig.
So again to list the terms one last time they are: ace, service point, kill, serve reception,
solo block, assisted block, total blocks, assist, and finally dig. I hope this video
has helped you to better understand the statistics. Next time you see stats, you will have a better
understanding of how good a team or player really is. If anything is not clear or still
confusing, let me know and I will try my best to clear it up. Thank you for watching!