National & Kapodistiran University of Athens, School of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, 41 Ethnikis Antistasis Avenue, Athens, 17237, Greece
In Volleyball a team’s performance in skills is connected to the game result and to the team’s success in a championship. In order to identify the determinant parameters for the success in male volleyball, performance data for all teams of 12 Greek Volleyball championships from 2005-06 until 2016-17 (n=143) was used. The effectiveness of fourteen (14) parameters from 5 basic volleyball skills: serve, attack after passing, attack after defence, block and reception was examined. The findings lead to the conclusion that the best predictors of a team’s success in final ranking are serve aces, passing errors, precise pass and attack after passing or after defence. The relevant discriminant function has classified correctly 77.6% of the teams in positions 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Furthermore, among teams in positions 1-2 and 3-4 (n=48) the variables attack win and attack error, after reception and defence have significantly higher scores and are able to discriminate correctly 83,3% of the original cases.
Keywords: match analysis; skills; attack; performance indicators; outcome.