As part of our ongoing video journal of the Bishop’s High girls' volleyball season, we captured a pre-practice whiteboard talk. Here's a look at what Coach Tod Mattox covered:
Review of the previous match
Mattox started off with a short review of the previous match, a win over Eastlake. Note the way he uses statistics to support teaching points – like why a certain player had her highest attack percentage of the season.
Scouting report – Part 1
After reviewing the previous match, Mattox switches to evaluating Bishop’s’ upcoming opponent. Based on film study, he goes over a scouting report that includes:
- Highlighting the play of the other team’s setter and top hitters
- How Bishop’s will have to block against the team’s multi-hitter rotations
- The other team's weaknesses
- How Bishop’s will contend offensively with the bunch block
‘Play with confidence’
Mattox stresses here the importance of playing with the expectation of winning the next point. Confidence is key.
“If we play with confidence,” he tells the players, “I think we’re going to win.”
Scouting report – Part 2
In this part of the meeting, Mattox goes over more of the game plan, including:
- The need to change serve speeds to make the passers move
- How to play defense against their “D” hit by protecting Zone 1
- How to defend the pipe by protecting Zone 5, Zone 1 and watching for the roll shot
- Defending the setter
Following his overview of the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, Mattox asks for questions, and that leads to further analysis.
There are some laughs when opposite Jayda Howard asks if she can swing block. Mattox's answer: "No."
In case you're wondering about the outcome of the match, Bishop's won in four sets. The plan worked.