The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU) is pleased to announce its selection of the University of North Iowa as the 2009 Deep Digging Team of the Year.
Picking up 2,152 digs on the season, the Panthers relied on their defense as they averaged 17.93 digs per set as they swept through the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI also finished with better than a 62 percent efficiency in digging opponents' attacks and nearly a 25 percent advantage in digs versus opponent kills. The Panthers also had the second lowest total of service return errors in the country, committing only 60 on the season.
In the rest of CVU's Top Five, North Dakota State remains on the list after taking the top honor in the category last season. Yale returns after earning a spot in 2005, while Iowa State and Lipscomb are both first time honorees.
Deep Digging Team of the Year
To aid selection, team stats were used. Rather than strictly using digs per game, a formula was developed to find an approximate efficiency. An average number of attempts received per game was figured, and by using that, an approximate efficiency was calculated. Further, a team's service receive errors were also including in the figures to come up with the final numbers.
For more information on the methods used, to provide input, or help develop these methods, please contact CVU here. Feedback is welcome.