Short characterization USA

 

PLAYERS

STARTING SIX - SUBSTITUTES

RANKING

2000 - 2008

 

OG 2000

11

1

ANDERSON, Matthew

2

ROONEY, Sean

WCH 2002

9

4

LEE, David

5

L LAMBOURNE, Rich. (L)

WC 2003

4

6

LOTMAN, Paul

7

WINDER, Jonathan

OG 2004

4

8

PRIDDY, William

13

STANLEY, Clayton

WCH 2006

10

14

HANSEN, Kevin

15

HOLMES, Russell

WC 2007

7

16

CLARK, Carson

19

HOLT, Maxwell (L)

OG 2008

1

 

 

  General remarks about the team and about the playing-style

 

Serve

·         Power-service, precision and tactical efficiency adapted to opponent.

·         Good balance between riskfull (full power jumps) and safe serve (tactical floats).

·         Most of the players use the jump spin power serve, others use (jumping) float serve.

·         Clayton Stanley no 1 in top 10 individual players‘ ranking with 23 aces.

·         Major goal seems: try to score direct point or directly disturb opponents Complex I play.

 

Serve reception

·         Reception is sometimes instable.

·         Three players in reception formation.

·         Before the ball passes the net receivers are in good position.

·         In case of jump spin serve by opponent: starting position of the players is deeper; the arms of the service-passer move to the floor; when the ball is played. Often 3-point-reception and punch technique (side- and backwards) are used.

·         Only the libero Richard Lambourne on 10th place in Top 10 best receivers (Eff. % 59.38). He is frequently using overhead (sometimes jumping) service reception tech-nique on (jump)float serve.

 

 

Set/Attack - Complex I and Complex II

·         Mostly jumping setting techniques: takeoff and landing with both feet, sometimes running and take off by one foot. Always taking the ball as high as possible, with short movement impulse (active wrist and finger actions).

·         Easy and quick steps from starting position to target. During the steps moving with front or with back in the direction of the net, depending of the situation. Pivot by right or left foot. Adjustment by little steps to playing position.

·         A lot of backcourt attacks from both outside hitters and opposite. Outside hitters also hit backcourt attacks. Variation depends of the net position of setter and first tempo player where it is played.

·         Simply structured attacks in Complex I: set-distribution with low percentage 1st tempo in the middle of the net. Quick sets to outside hitters (Rooney and Priddy) and a standard used incorporated back row attack (“pipe”). All hitters are in last step of approach when setter touches the ball.

·         In Complex II and freeball-attack: pass distribution with a trend towards pos. 1 and 2 (Clayton Stanley). Only a few first tempo sets.

·         USA was on the 11th place of best spikers.

 

Block and Defense

·         Efficiency and organization of blocking. Court positioning and organization of blocking depends of the starting position of the setter and front row hitters of the opponent.

·         Different step combinations and blocking positions adapted to the play situation.

·         Average level of block performance: kill blocks and rebounds. Only one blocker (Clayton Stanley) on 10th place in Top 10 best blockers with 18 kill blocks.

·         Tactical adaptation of blocking based on statistics and tactical analysis of opponent.

·         Good level of cooperation and synchrony in movement of the blockers and diggers.

·         Performance in defense depends on the flow of the game.