Variables that Predict Serve Efficacy in Elite Men’s Volleyball with Different Quality of Opposition Sets

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Alvaro Valhondo, Carmen Fernandez-Echeverria, Jara Gonzalez-Silva, Fernando Claver, M. Perla Moreno

The objective of this study was to determine the variables that predicted serve efficacy in elite men’s volleyball, in sets with different quality of opposition. 3292 serve actions were analysed, of which 2254 were carried out in high quality of opposition sets and 1038 actions were in low quality of opposition sets, corresponding to a total of 24 matches played during the Men’s European Volleyball Championships held in 2011. The independent variables considered in this study were the serve zone, serve type, serving player, serve direction, reception zone, receiving player and reception type; the dependent variable was serve efficacy and the situational variable was quality of opposition sets. The variables that acted as predictors in both high and low quality of opposition sets were the serving player, reception zone and reception type. The serve type variable only acted as a predictor in high quality of opposition sets, while the serve zone variable only acted as a predictor in low quality of opposition sets. These results may provide important guidance in men’s volleyball training processes.
DOI: 10.1515/hukin-2017-0119
Key words
match analysis, serve, volleyball, multinomial logistic regression

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