The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) is pleased to announce its selection of Dayton as the 2010 Overall Defensive Team of the Year.
While not quite cracking the Top 5 for either the blocking or digging awards, the Flyers were close, finishing in CVU's Top 10 in both of those categories. Dayton averaged 2.95 blocks per set to go with 17.25 digs while holding opponents to an NCAA defensive best .127 hitting percentage.
The 2010 list of CVU's Top Five defensive teams includes several that have been honored before. Continuing to ride its strong blocking and defense, Penn State makes the list after taking the top honor the last two seasons. Wichita State also earns a spot, finishing with high marks in both digging and blocking and holding opponents to .147 hitting.
Another repeat honoree, Nebraska held opponents to .145 hitting while tallying 3.04 blocks and 15.72 digs per set. And, the final team on the list, Hawai'i help the opposition to just .141 hitting (eighth best) with 14.93 digs and 2.67 blocks per set.
Defensive Team of the Year
To aid selection, team stats were used. Rather than strictly using blocks and digs per game, a formula was developed combining both categories and opponent hitting percentage. Further, a team's service receive errors and blocking were also included 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.