Volleyball's seldom-viewed statistic
Not all volleyball victories are created equally. Forget the fact that wins come against a cross-section of competition, some of which is strong, some of which is not.
What is often overlooked in volleyball is HOW the victory was achieved. Some schools keep the ball in play and take advantage of the opponents' errors. The impressive victors are the ones who earn their points based on kills, blocks or service aces.
Those are the teams that are most capable of doing something in the postseason because they can run an offense and accomplish something with it. If you wait for the other teams to make mistakes, the tournament trail will not be kind. The better teams make fewer mistakes and, thus, give their opponents fewer scoring opportunities.
Thus far this season, I've seen six high school matches covering 12 different teams.
By far, St. Thomas More was the most impressive in terms of scoring points that it earned. The Sabers on Thursday dispatched what was a 14-1 Watseka team in three sets. Of the Sabers' 68 points, 53 were ones they collected with kills, blocks or aces. That computes to 79.4 percent of their points which were earned on their own merits.
For comparison purposes, here's how that stacks up against the other schools I've had the chance to see thus far in 2012:
St. Thomas More 79.4 percent of points earned (53 of 68)
St. Joseph-Ogden 68.0 percent of points earned (34 of 50)
Mahomet-Seymour 66.0 percent of points earned (33 of 50)
Champaign Central 65.1 percent of points earned (28 of 43)
Unity 65.1 percent of points earned (41 of 63)
Heritage 64.4 percent of points earned (47 of 73)
Watseka 58.2 percent of points earned (39 of 67)
LeRoy 56.7 percent of points earned (29 of 51)
Westville 55.7 percent of points earned (34 of 61)
Danville 55.;4 percent of points earned (41 of 74)
Arcola 48.5 percent of points earned (33 of 68)
Bismarck-Henning 45.5 percent of points earned (15 of 33)