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Interesting stats from Goldendale’s volleyball team, thanks to Jodi Bellamy for the detail. You always have to use caution when drawing conclusions from stats, for instance, judging by serves I think Goldendale beat Zillah, but the scores don’t agree.

One thing that does look real is that serve-receive errors are costly. Goldendale won two matches when they had fewer than 10 errors by players receiving serve. They had more than 20 errors in the four matches they lost. The serve may start the play, but how the receiving team handles the serve is a bigger factor on what happens next. The game where serve-receive percentage was best (versus Cle Elum-Roslyn) was the game with the most kil...

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