Penn State With (and Without) Haleigh Washington: A Look at the Stats

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Penn State started the B1G Season in fine style, with a sweep of Wisconsin in Madison on September 24th, and followed that with a 3-1 victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis.  The fun stopped there, as the Nittany Lions suffered a 3-1 loss to Nebraska in Lincoln on October 3rd.

Megan Courtney switched sides, moving back to OH
Megan Courtney switched sides, moving back to OH

Penn State’s Head Coach Russ Rose made a lineup change the next night for the match against Iowa, replacing 6-1 Fr. OH Simone Lee with 6-3 Fr. MH Haleigh Washington, moving 6-4 RS Jr. Aiyana Whitney to Opp/RS and moving 6-2 Jr. Megan Courtney from Opp/RS to OH (where she had played — and thrived as one of the leading solo blockers in the country — for the previous two seasons).  Washington wasn’t a major factor in the match (two kills and one block assist), but Penn State played well enough to sweep the Hawkeyes.

Nonetheless, Lee was back in the lineup for the next match — a 3-0 win in Rec Hall over Northwestern.  Then, the following night — a 3-1 upset loss to Illinois on October 11th — Rose went back to the lineup with Haleigh Washington at MH (along with 6-2 Sr. Nia Grant), Whitney at Opp/RS, and Courtney at OH (along with 6-1 Fr. Ali Frantti).

As the Nittany Lions headed to West Lafayette to take on the tough Purdue Boilermakers, the question on everyone’s mind was which lineup would Rose choose.  The answer was Washington, Grant, Whitney, Courtney and Frantti, as Penn State won a tough 3-2 victory.  And that’s been the lineup ever since.

Aiyana Whitney
Aiyana Whitney moved to Opp/RS from MH

We were curious about how the team and individual statistics in the four B1G matches without Haleigh Washington in the lineup, compared to the team and individual statistics in the eight B1G matches with Haleigh Washington in the lineup.  Of course, that question requires several qualifiers: first, both data sets are small — four and eight matches, respectively.  So results aren’t necessarily determinative of anything.  Second, there were different opponents for the two samples — no overlap whatsoever.  Finally, even setting the first two qualifiers aside, it would be foolish to conclude that the statistical differences between the two data sets are attributable solely to the fact that Washington wasn’t in the lineup for the set of four matches, but was in the lineup for the set of eight matches.  There are too many variables in the performances of all the players to reach that conclusion.

With that in mind, we still wanted to look at the question, so we put together the three tables below: Penn State’s B1G Attack Stats with (and without) Haleigh Washington, Penn State’s B1G Sideout Stats with (and without) Haleigh Washington, and Penn State Players’ B1G Attack and Blocking Stats with (and without) Haleigh Washington.

The most important statistic — wins and losses — isn’t even in the tables.  Penn State went 3-1 in the four B1G matches without Haleigh Washington in lineup, and has gone 7-1 in the eight B1G matches with Haleigh Washington in lineup.  Penn State’s “Net Attack %” (Penn State’s attack % minus their Opponent’s attack %) with Haleigh Washington in the lineup is .130.  Without Washington in the lineup, it’s .122.  Penn State’s “Net Sideout %) (Penn State’s Sideout % minus their Opponent’s Sideout %) is 18% with Washington in the lineup compared to 12% without her in the lineup.

Looking at individual statistics, without Washington in the lineup, Aiyana Whitney (then playing primarily at MH) was the leading blocker, with 1.64 blocks/set, with Nia Grant ranking second with 1.21 blocks/set, and Megan Courtney next with 1.00.

Haleigh Washington
Haleigh Washington has been having a block party

In the eight matches with Haleigh Washington in the lineup, Haleigh is the leading blocker with 1.56 blocks/set (including 8 solo blocks), with Nia Grant and Micha Hancock next with 0.81 blocks/set.

Take a look:

Team Stats

Penn State's B1G Attack Stats with (and without) Haleigh Washington

 SPPSU
Kills
PSU
Err
PSU
TA
PSU
%
PSU
(w/o
Haleigh)
1420669524.261
Opponents
(w/o
Haleigh)
1416394498.139
PSU Net
Attack %
w/o
Haleigh
14------.122
PSU
(with
Haleigh)
27383107839.329
Opponents
(with
Haleigh)
27307144819.199
PSU Net
Attack %
(with
Haleigh)
27------.130

Penn State's B1G Sideout Stats with (and without) Haleigh Washington

 SPSOSOASO%
PSU
Sideout
Stats
(w/o
Haleigh)
1418728266%
Opponent
Sideout
Stats
(w/o
Haleigh)
1418534054%
Net
SO %
(w/o
Haleigh)
14----12%
Opponent
Sideout
Stats
(with
Haleigh)
2734849770%
Opponent
Sideout
Stats
(with
Haleigh)
2734064952%
Net
SO %
(with
Haleigh)
27----18%

Individual Stats

Penn State Player's B1G Attack and Blocking Stats with (and without) Haleigh Washington

PlayerMPSPKK/SETA%BSBATBB/S
Frantti,
Ali (with
Haleigh)
827923.4124218.312212140.52
Frantti,
Ali (w/o
Haleigh)
414412.9315106.2450880.57
Grant,
Nia (with
Haleigh)
827612.2616109.413220220.81
Grant,
Nia (w/o
Haleigh)
414372.64974.378314171.21
Hancock,
Micha (with
Haleigh)
827331.22567.418121220.81
Hancock,
Micha (w/o
Haleigh)
414171.21338.368011110.79
Whitney,
Aiyana (with
Haleigh)
827813.0029176.2950990.33
Whitney,
Aiyana (w/o
Haleigh)
414362.571175.333122231.64
Courtney,
Megan (with
Haleigh)
827531.9622143.217213150.56
Courtney,
Megan (w/o
Haleigh)
414412.9314122.221113141.00
Washington,
Haleigh
827632.3311124.419834421.56
Lee,
Simone
414332.3617107.1500550.36

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Detailed Tables

B1G Attack Stats w/o Haleigh Washington

MatchSPPSU
K
PSU
E
PSU
TA
PSU
%
Opp
K
Opp
E
Opp
TA
Opp
%
WI35317125.2883517122.148
MN45919153.2614230133.090
NE45223152.1915325143.196
NW3421094.3403322100.110
Total1420669524.26116394498.139

B1G Attack Stats w/ Haleigh Washington

MatchSPPSU
K
PSU
E
PSU
TA
PSU
%
Opp
K
Opp
E
Opp
TA
Opp
%
IA3441285.376201167.134
IL46718158.3106116143.315
Purdue56528171.2166525165.242
IN342770.500311672.208
MI347888.443321794.160
MSU3421797.258361393.247
OSU
(Home)
339786.372332392.109
OSU
(Away)
3371084.321292393.065
Total27383107839.329307144819.199

B1G Sideout Stats w/o Haleigh Washington

MatchSPPSU
SO
PSU
SOA
PSU
SO%
Opp
SO
Opp
SOA
Opp
SO%
WI3406165%397452%
MN4518063%5010149%
NE4558663%569161%
NW3415574%407454%
Total1418728266%18534054%

B1G Sideout Stats w/ Haleigh Washington

MatchSPPSU
SO
PSU
SOA
PSU
SO%
Opp
SO
Opp
SOA
Opp
SO%
IA3304075%297538%
IL4549159%559557%
Purdue56910764%6811061%
IN3364776%347346%
MI3365170%357447%
MSU3466373%457560%
OSU
(Home)
3425083%407354%
OSU
(Away)
3354872%347445%
Total2734849770%34064952%