A reader asked me the following question about hitting and blocking statistics.
Is a won block counted as a hitting error for the corresponding hitter?
In U.S volleyball the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” Elsewhere in the world, the answer is more often “No.” The common practice internationally is to break out actual hitting errors from blocked balls.
Which is the right way? That is up to the statistics user.
From the perspective of reporting, the trend is to take a positive view. By that I mean they want to report players earning points rather than players giving up points. In that mindset a block is a positive thing for the defensive player. It is a negative for the hitter.
As coaches, however, we must decide which way to count them. It is about which approach provides the best information for us in the context of our own teams. There is definitely value in splitting errors and blocked balls, which standard NCAA box score reporting does not do.
Personally, I like including blocked balls for hitting efficiency [ (kills-errors-blocks)/total attempts ], which is the standard approach. There is value in more granular reporting, though. Understanding error rates exclusive of blocked balls can be quite useful.
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