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Characterisation of the Main Playing Variables Affecting the Service in High-Level Women's Volleyball


  • Quiroga Miriam E.

    (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • Rodriguez-Ruiz David

    (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • Sarmiento Samuel

    (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

  • Muchaga Luis Fernando

    (Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation)

  • Da Silva Grigoletto Marzo

    (Andalusian Sports Medicine Centre)

  • García-Manso Juan M.

    (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)


This study sought to establish the most important factors affecting the service in high-level women’s volleyball and the relative weighting of such factors on this technical part of the sport. A total of 1300 services from eight matches played in two Final Fours of the Indesit European Champions League were analysed. The services were delivered by 58 players of 25 nationalities. Observation sheets and two video cameras located at both ends of the court were used. Service speed was measured by radar. The twelve variables studied enabled the service to be divided into four components. The most influential component (19.02% of total variance) comprised variables related to technical service characteristics (type of service and service speed). The second most influential component (15.16% of variance) was related to the opponents’ technique and tactics, and to their position on court at the time of the service. The service was also affected by the technical and tactical movements that the servicer needed to perform in the subsequent play (12.20%). The stage of the match and the score (10.67%) also presented players with different levels of risk and helped to determine the type of service chosen and the power with which it was executed.

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  • Quiroga Miriam E. & Rodriguez-Ruiz David & Sarmiento Samuel & Muchaga Luis Fernando & Da Silva Grigoletto Marzo & García-Manso Juan M., 2012. "Characterisation of the Main Playing Variables Affecting the Service in High-Level Women's Volleyball," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, De Gruyter, vol. 8(1), pages 1-13, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jqsprt:v:8:y:2012:i:1:n:13

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