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Study of the Technical and Tactical Variables Determining Set Win or Loss in Top-Level European Men's Volleyball


  • Rodriguez-Ruiz David

    (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • Quiroga Miriam E.

    (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • Miralles Jose A.

    (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • Sarmiento Samuel

    (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • de Saá Yves

    (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • García-Manso Juan M.

    (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)


This study analyzes the terminating actions (serve, attack, block and opponent error) resulting in point scoring for each team. These actions are then taken as reference indicators for observing the possibility of winning or losing a set in an elite mens volleyball competition. A total of 45 matches were studied at the European Mens Volleyball Championship held in September 2009 in Izmir and Istanbul (Turkey). Recordings were made of a number of game actions in a total of 168 sets. Analysis of these sets showed 132 ending in 25 points (78.57 percent) and 36 sets in more even matches (21.43 percent): 27 ending in more than 25 points (16.07 percent) and nine fifth or tie break sets (5.36 percent). Statistical analysis showed attacking to be the highest point-scoring technical action, but as matches became more even (sets with more than 25 points, or fifth and tie break sets), points scored by blocking became decisive for attaining victory in top-level competition. The number of errors made by each team is considerably lower at this level and points achieved through serving tend to be even.

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  • Rodriguez-Ruiz David & Quiroga Miriam E. & Miralles Jose A. & Sarmiento Samuel & de Saá Yves & García-Manso Juan M., 2011. "Study of the Technical and Tactical Variables Determining Set Win or Loss in Top-Level European Men's Volleyball," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, De Gruyter, vol. 7(1), pages 1-15, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jqsprt:v:7:y:2011:i:1:n:7

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    1. Zetou Eleni & Moustakidis Athanasios & Tsigilis Nikolaos & Komninakidou Andromahi, 2007. "Does Effectiveness of Skill in Complex I Predict Win in Men's Olympic Volleyball Games?," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, De Gruyter, vol. 3(4), pages 1-11, October.
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