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HS: Top Statistical Leaders Around the Country

Assumption junior middle Rylee Rader (hitting) is having a terrific season, but doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to show up on the leaderboard.

Let’s have some fun with numbers as we take a look at some of the statistical leaders* from around the country. We put the asterisk in there because it’s important to remember there are limitations to the stats used by MaxPreps, which are where the numbers below come from as of Oct. 8.  

For starters, not every school inputs stats, so the leaders are limited to teams that do list stats. Secondly, there is minimum attempts and minimum games played required as well. For example, it was determined that 647 attempts were needed to make the cut for hitting percentage. That seems really high, and it’s why you won’t find a player like Assumption’s junior middle blocker Rylee Rader on it. She leads the top-ranked Rockets with 305 kills and is hitting .558. That would place her third in the nation based on the current leaders in hitting percentage, but Rader didn’t qualify because she “only” has 498 attempts. What?

As it stands, you won’t see very many players from teams ranked in PrepVolleyball.com’s Top 100 making the lists below. That’s kind of the point, and why it’s meant to be a fun exercise and not a rigorous examination of the true statistical leaders in the country. Besides Rader, her are the top stat leaders from some of the highest-ranked teams from our Top 100:

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    October 11, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Another thing that eschews the numbers are there are a handful of states (IL, MO, others) that play Best of 3 instead of Best of 5 which limits the sets played by players in those states. Some states (IN, etc) have shortened their season to better facilitate the basketball season which limits those players as well.

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    October 15, 2018 at 11:10 am

    You forgot to mention coaches that do not know how to actually calculate stats

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    October 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Seriously this is soooooo bad.

    Tammy Grohman, St. Anthony (TX), Sr MB, has 243 blocks in 131 sets. Averaging 2 blocks per set. Consider the match between St Anothys and Del Rio on 8/28/2018.

    MS Grohman is credited with 19 solo blocks.

    St. Anthony scored 111 points in the match (26, 25, 19, 25, 16)

    St Anthony also reported 61 kills, 9 aces and 41 solo blocks.

    St Anthony earned 111 points. That means Del Rio played an error free match and still lost (no net calls, no doubles, no hitting errors, no service errors, no out of rotation, no back row attack). Maxpreps needs to build something into the stat system (AI, algorithm) that flags stats that aren’t believable and throws them out.

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