Tandara Caixeta’s Week 3 Points Nearly Double Week 1 & 2 Combined

In the first 2 weeks of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League, Brazil’s Tandara Caixeta scored 91 points.

In the 11 sets she played in 3 matches in week 3 alone, she nearly doubled that total with 87 points to climb into 2nd place in individual scoring as the tournament passes its halfway points.

That includes a pair of 30 point games, with 31 against the Netherlands in 4 sets on Tuesday, and 34 in 4 sets against Korea on Thursday. The tournament’s overall scoring leader, Malwina Smarzek of Poland, put in two 30-point matches in the same week in week 2 against Thailand and China.

Asian teams have been particularly susceptible to giving up 30-point games so far in this year’s tournament: out of the 9 30-point games recorded so far, 7 have been against teams from the Asian Confederation.

30 Point Matches Allowed, 2018 FIVB Nations League:

  • China – 2
  • Thailand – 2
  • South Korea – 2
  • Japan – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Germany – 1

Other Key Stats After Week 3:

  • Two of the world’s biggest offensive weapons made their debuts in week 3 of the tournament. Italian opposite Paola Egonu had 70 points in 3 matches (53 kills, 10 blocks, 7 aces) and hit 43.8%. China’s Zhu Ting had 50 points, with 41 kills, 8 blocks, and 1 ace in her team’s 3 matches, hitting 47.7%. Egonu had the upper-hand when the two went head-to-head: she had 27 points to just 12 for Zhu, and Italy cruised to a relatively-comfortable 3-1 victory.
  • American Carli Lloyd continues to dominate the running sets category, averaging 14.37/set. No other player in the tournament is averaging more than 10.59 (Ilka van de Vyver, Belgium). Running sets are defined as sets where the receiving hitter is opposed by one-or-fewer blockers, which is considered a favorable matchup for the offense.
  • Poland’s Malwina Smarzek has 214 points, which is 104 points more than her next-closest teammate Agniezska Kakolewska (110 points) – the biggest gap of any country. Smarzek’s output is so huge, though, that they’re still the highest-scoring combination of teammates, by 41 points.
  • Americans Jordan Larson and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley each had 4-ace games in week 3, each coming in 3-setters. The Americans still sit middle-of-the-pack in that category as a team, however, behind Serbia, who leads all teams with 59 aces (7.69% of their serves). Serbia has been aggressive, and also leads all teams with 102 service errors. Team service chart through week 3 is below:
    Team Aces Errors Attempts In % Ace %
    SRB 59 102 767 86.70% 7.69%
    RUS 56 81 740 89.05% 7.57%
    POL 57 78 765 89.80% 7.45%
    KOR 47 48 649 92.60% 7.24%
    TUR 57 77 792 90.28% 7.20%
    GER 50 88 720 87.78% 6.94%
    BEL 43 62 639 90.30% 6.73%
    ITA 46 100 698 85.67% 6.59%
    THA 47 74 734 89.92% 6.40%
    USA 46 63 722 91.27% 6.37%
    NED 43 72 740 90.27% 5.81%
    BRA 45 54 788 93.15% 5.71%
    CHN 37 50 695 92.81% 5.32%
    DOM 34 77 655 88.24% 5.19%
    JPN 24 61 664 90.81% 3.61%
    ARG 18 64 523 87.76% 3.44%

Statistical Leaders after Week 3 of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League

Top Scorers

  1. Malwina Smarzek, Poland – 214 points
  2. Tandara Caixeta, Brazil – 178 points
  3. Louisa Lippmann, Germany – 176 points
  4. Brayelin Martinez, Dominican Republic – 154
  5. Tijana Boskovic, Serbia – 152

Top Hitting Percentages

  1. Tijana Boskovic, Serbia – 52.00%
  2. Irina Voronkova, Russia – 48.25%
  3. Tandara Caixeta, Brazil – 46.20%
  4. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, USA – 45.96%
  5. Brankica Mihaljovic, Serbia – 45.27%

Best Blockers (Blocks)

  1. Agnieszka Kakolewska, Poland – 32 blocks, .91/set
  2. Ana Beatriz Correa, Brazil – 28 blocks, .85/set
  3. Eda Erdem Dundar, Turkey – 28 blocks
  4. Adenizia Da Silva, Brazil – 25 blocks
  5. (TIE) Marie Scholzel, Germany/Lisa Grunding, Germany – 24 blocks

Best Servers (Aces)

  1. Eda Erdem Dundar, Turkey – 15 aces
  2. Marlena Plesnierowicz, Poland – 14 aces
  3. (TIE)Jordan Larson, USA/Irina Voronkova, Russia/Brankica Mihaljovic, Serbia – 13 aces

Best Setters (Running Sets – where hitter is opposed by one blocker or less)

  1. Carli Lloyd, USA – 431
  2. Ilka van de Vyver, Belgium – 339
  3. Niverka Dharlenis Marte Frica, Dominican Republic – 298
  4. Clarisa Sagarida, Argentina – 269
  5. Roberta Silva Ratzke, Brazil – 267

Best Diggers (Digs)

  1. Maret Balkestein-Grothues, Netherlands – 58
  2. Celine van Gestel, Belgium – 48
  3. Yuki Ishii, Japan – 47
  4. (TIE) Carli Lloyd, USA/Kelsey Robinson, USA – 46

Best Receivers (Excellent %, eligible players)

  1. Kim Hill, USA – 22.39%
  2. Britt Herbots, Belgium – 20.97%
  3. Celine van Gestel, Belgium – 17.73%
  4. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, USA – 17.23%
  5. Anne Buijs, Netherlands – 15.71%

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