The statistics of volleyball get recorded by referees during the game. These are terms and phrases you may hear while the game is going on. We’ll learn about all the statistics you need to know on offense and defense, including assists, hitting percentage, and saves.
Types of Statistics
- Ace: When a player scores on a serve, it’s called an ace. This means that the opposing team was unable to receive the ball. Each ace is marked in the stat sheet.
- Assist: The pass that comes before an attack that results in a point is called an assist. The statistics go to the player that made the pass. This is most commonly given to setters as they usually set up the attackers for a spike.
- Attempt: Each time a player tries to make an attack it is marked as an attempt.
- Block: Each successful block is also marked in the score sheet. If there is a double or triple block, one player will usually be credited with the actual block while the others will receive a block assist.
- Error: Scorers also mark when players make mistakes. Errors are recorded on services, attacks, and sets. Errors are also recorded on saves and blocks.
- Hitting Percentage: A hitting percentage measures the percentage of attacks that were successful for a player. Scorers take the total number of kills minus the number of attacks that end in error and divide that number over the total attempts. (K-AE/T)
- Kill: When an attempted attack scores a point it is called a kill.
- Passing Score: Many teams use a point system to measure how well their team is passing the ball off of serves. Each pass after a serve is rated zero through three. A zero pass means the ball is shanked and not returned. A three pass means that the ball is placed where the setter can set all three hitters. Being able to set one attacker is one point and two attackers is two points. To find a team’s passing score, take the cumulative number of points and divide by the number of serve receptions. A score of two is average while anything below that means a team needs to work on serve receiving.
- Point: Scorers note who scored each point during the game.
- Save: Scorers mark each time a defensive player saves the ball from hitting the ground. This is usually on hard spikes or well placed tips.