Does Effectiveness of Skill in Complex I Predict Win in Men's Olympic Volleyball Games?

Eleni Zetou 1 , Athanasios Moustakidis 2 , Nikolaos Tsigilis 3  and Andromahi Komninakidou 4
  • 1 Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of Democritus University of Thrace
  • 2 Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of Democritus Unversity of Thrace
  • 3 Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of University of Thessaly
  • 4 Aristotle Uniersity of Thessalonki

The aim of the present study was to present the playing characteristics of the teams in complex I and to attempt to determine which of these characteristics led to victory and to the final ranking of the teams. The subjects were 38 Olympic Volleyball men's games. In every game, teams were characterized according to the result of the game (win or lose). The games were video-recorded and analyzed with the "Data Volleyball Project Sport Software" program. It recorded every skill of the complex I of the game, for each player of each team. There was a five level scale protocol according to the effectiveness of the skill (Eom & Schutz, 1992; Eom, 1989). Discriminant analysis was conducted to select which subset of the measured variables significantly contributed to the prediction of winning or losing in Olympic Volleyball teams. Among the five variables of service-reception: two variables "best reception, 1st set attack" and "Good reception, high set attack" were entered into the final model yielding, standardized coefficient 1.22 and .78 respectively. Among the five "attack from reception" categories, only one variable, "ace-point" was selected to enter into the final model. These results conclude that the "best" and "good reception" and the "ace-point" in the attack remain powerful aggressive tools for high level teams and were predictors to win.

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JQAS, an official journal of the American Statistical Association, publishes research on the quantitative aspects of professional and collegiate sports. Articles deal with subjects as measurements of player performance, tournament structure, and the frequency and occurrence of records. Additionally, the journal serves as an outlet for professionals in the sports world to raise issues and ask questions that relate to quantitative sports analysis.