The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce its selection of Brittany Hewitt of Hawai'i as the 2010 CVU.com Blocker of the Year.
A 6-3 sophomore from Eagle, Idaho, Hewitt was the front-row anchor for a Hawai'i squad that finished as one of CVU's Top 5 Defensive teams for 2010.
The middle hitter led Division I in blocks per set with 1.68, totaling 158 block assists as well as 12 solo stuffs.
During the season, the sophomore set a pair of school rally-scoring era records, tallying a .917 hitting percentage against New Mexico State and tabbing 16 blocks versus San Diego.
The rest of this season's list is made up largely of players who helped their respective teams to top defensive rankings by CVU. Katie Post led Ohio to Blocking Team of the Year honors and also recorded 195 total blocks, the most in Division I on the season. Megan Plourde finished second in blocks per set with 1.62 as Colorado State was one of the Top 5 Blocking teams.
For Dayton, Lindsay Fletemier finished with a 1.54 blocks per set, helping the Flyers hold opponents to just .127 hitting and earn an overall No. 1 defensive ranking by CVU.
The final member of the Top 5 is Long Beach State's Haleigh Hampton. Just a freshman, Hampton had 37 solo blocks and finished with a 1.58 blocks per set average.
Blocker of the Year
Brittany Hewitt, Hawai'i
To aid selection, player 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. Also, instead of counting solo blocks and block assists as equal, they were scaled as is done in team stats, with blocks assists counting half. Further, a player's blocking errors were also including in the figures to come up with the final numbers.
This formula is still being developed to include more blocking variables. For more information on the methods used, to provide input, or help develop these methods, please contact CVU here. Feedback is welcome.