Taking a close look at specific stats can often give coaches the information they need to make important changes and improve a team's performance. That was the case in 2015 for the University of San Diego women's volleyball team.
To begin the season, they used 4 attackers in their 6-2 offense. But, as USD assistant coach Marie Zidek explains here, the coaches realized after examining the numbers that their pipe attacks weren't getting the job done. The set was producing a dismal hitting efficiency of around 0.1. The number they were looking for was a lot higher –around 0.25.
With that data in front of them, the USD staff made major changes in the lineup and in the way they played. Zidek explains what they did and how it helped the team.