In volleyball, as in football and rugby, sometimes it makes sense not to go for the score, but instead to put your opponent in a bad position.
How much does hiding your team's play calls from the other side or trying to fake them out really make a difference? Probably not as much as you'd think.
Reflecting on the match I coached one day while I coached in Sweden I realized I made a mistake in how I thought about and handled my subs from a couple perspectives.
After a 10-day break, it was back to training for the team, though the New Years holiday and player availability caused some limits later in the week.
For a second week in a row we avenged a previous 3-2 loss. In doing so, we secured a Top-2 seed for next month's Gran Prix.
The second week of the regular season ended with a fairly easy win. There were definite improvements in our main areas of focus.
One commentator blames hitting errors against key opponents for the failure of the US women at the World Cup. But what caused all those errors?
Sometimes the highest probability of match success comes from taking a more conservative approach to how you go at attacking the opposition.