[Editor’s note: Off the Block is partnering with VolleyMetrics this season to provide the volleyball community with an in-depth analysis at the stats and in-match metrics for college men’s volleyball. The following analysis is from VolleyMetrics.]
No. 4/4 UCLA will play host to No 3/2 Stanford in a critical late-season conference match today.
Stanford enters this match tied for first place in the MPSF and can earn the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MPSF Tournament if it wins its two remaining matches. UCLA is attempting to get a rebound victory after losing two home matches against No. 1/1 BYU during the weekend to drop into third place in the conference. The graphic below is how the two teams compare to each other.
Stanford has a slight edge in passing, attacking, and blocking, while UCLA has a more significant serving advantage. Both teams are roughly the same when it comes to digging. When head-to-head ratings were compared, Stanford received a greater boost to predicted win percentage.