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Iowa City West High School--Volleyball; Volleyball; Volleyball--Pass; Academic theses;


The purpose of this study was to indicate the relationship of effective serve reception to side out offense in Iowa City West volleyball matches. Subjects were member of the 2002 Iowa City West varsity volleyball team. Iowa City West volleyball team was selected for the study based on availability of game tapes throughout the 2002 season. All taped varsity matches were viewed for the study analysis. All reception passes were given a pass value of three, two, one, or zero. Each pass was also categorized into offensive outcomes, kill, play on, or error. The results of the Person correlation test indicate a strong and positive reliability between pass value reception scores between games, r = . 98. A chi-square test of independence was used to determine if there was a relationship between pass value and offensive outcomes. The calculate chi squared value exceeds the critical value, X2 (4, n=827) = 137. 75, p

Comparing pass values to offensive outcomes, indicates a higher pass value reception the greater chance of executing a kill. During all games, the mean passing value was 1. 943 out of a perfect 3 .0 scale. The mean passing value during games won was 1.981, an increase of 0.028. The mean passing value during games lost was 1.877, a decrease of 0.104. The research indicates that a higher passing mean could lead to greater offensive success.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Iradge Ahrabi-Fard

Second Advisor

Carol Phillips

Third Advisor

Melanie Hart


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