Virginia Pham | Special Contributor to Off the Block
Have you ever wondered what you can extrapolate from box scores but never had the time to do it yourself? Well, here’s some information pulled from all 205 box scores for all seven tournament teams from this 2023 season.
As the official NCAA men’s volleyball championship bracket was released, the common refrain from sports pundits (myself included) was that this field is stacked. The top teams have been the top teams all season and they just continue to find impressive ways to win. But, how good are these teams, really?
This has shaped up to be one of the best offensive NCAA Tournament brackets in recent memory. The top six teams are all hitting north of .300 with UCLA and Hawai’i atop the podium.
Balanced across the board and boasting efficiencies in the .370s, these two offenses would look good even if all their attacks came off of freeballs, let alone the full gauntlet of tough serving and elite blocking that permeates the game.
Nate Ngo | Performance Analyst for the U.S. Men’s National Team
Coming into the NCAA Tournament, here is a quick look at the setters orchestrating their teams’ offenses. This analysis is centered around team attack efficiency, but only when each setter is setting from a positive serve reception (usually the majority of their sets).