The spreadsheet NETS looks at the %age penetration of SA under 16 girls who were dominating the national competition at that stage and the Cuban women’s team (Bell was not the best spiker then, I picked Bell the setter as the others were freaks).
The fact is that the women’s Olympic net height has always been too high COMPARED to the men’s net.
Hence women’s volleyball is inherently more defensive than men’s. this is not likely to be changed.
Mark Barnard’s comments re prototype Aust women’s player is interesting.
My point back to mark was how many of these players are playing junior volleyball / Schools cup volleyball / state junior volleyball.
When we get these type of athletes then we look at the net heights again.
Next time you see AVL matches , take stats of both the spike warm ups.
Count the number of women’s spike errors compared to the men’s. Usually 20 to 1 or even worse.
Either we have just got all the crap women’s athletes compared to the men of the nets are too high.
In women’s volleyball, the greatest defensive item is the net, in men’s volleyball it is the block and the libero. (AS IT SHOULD BE)
NOTHING we can do at that level BUT at the junior level we are trying to sell volleyball as an exciting alternative sport.
In my view we had to present our sport with power, hard spiking great defence and achievable blocking.
Not a dig fest where getting the ball back over the new without an error was the aim.
When I was coaching juniors our aim was 8 kills / set and 2 block.
With the net at Olympic height for juniors blocking is a pointless exercise.
Most coaches should be cited for poor coaching by tying up 2 players in a block defence for little or no return.
The girls will eventually ask why they are not allowed to run quicks when the boys are.
I was asked the same questions when I started coaching by Girls who all went onto play for Australia.
The position is somewhat murkier now due to the MIKASA ball.
Hope this will give you some thoughts.
Certainly willing to have a discussion on the phone.
Regards David Eldridge