The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) is pleased to announce its selection of Valparaiso as the 2010 Deep Digging Team of the Year.
Making the list for the first time, the Crusaders amassed 2,447 digs over the course of the season, tops in the NCAA. That total led to an 18.82 digs per set average, good for fourth in the Division I rankings. Valparaiso finished with better than a 63 percent digging efficiency and had a 24 percent advantage in digs versus opponent kills.
In the rest of the Top Five, two teams return to the list from last year in Yale — a three-time honoree — and 2009 champion UNI. As has been the trend, the Missouri Valley Conference again has multiple representatives with Creighton joining Northern Iowa. Before last year, the Bluejays had made the list three-straight times. This is the fourth time in five years the MVC has placed multiple teams in the Top Five. Completing the CVU list is North Carolina, a 2008 Top Five Defensive team.
Deep Digging Team of the Year
To aid selection, team stats were used. Rather than strictly using digs per game, a formula was developed to find an approximate efficiency. An average number of attempts received per game was figured, and by using that, an approximate efficiency was calculated. Further, a team's service receive 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.