The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) is pleased to announce its selection of Ohio as the 2010 Blocking Team of the Year.
The Bobcats earn the overall honor for the first time, but make an appearance in the Top Five for the second consecutive season and the third time overall. They also put an end to Penn State's four-year run in the top slot. Ohio was tops in the NCAA rankings, averaging 3.19 blocks per set, with 109 solo and 631 block assists. The solo blocks were fifth-best in the NCAA while the assists were third and the total blocks were No. 1.
The remainder of CVU's Top Five once again includes Penn State for the fifth consecutive season. Colorado State makes its return for the third time after an absence last year and California is also a repeat, making the Top Five for the second time. The lone newcomer to the list is Florida, which rounds out the selections.
Blocking Team of the Year
To aid selection, team stats were used. Rather than strictly using blocks per game, a formula was developed to score blocking. An average number of opponent attempts per game was figured, and by using that, an approximate efficiency was calculated. Further, a team's blocking errors were also including in the figures to come up with the final numbers.
For more information on the methods used, to provide input, or help develop these methods, please contact CVU here. Feedback is welcome.