Abigail Crump Hanover College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Molly Winke Hanover CollegeThe purpose of this study was to examine whether vertical jump (VJ) has a positive effect on female volleyball players’ performance, specifically in a game setting. VJ was measured via an electronic jump mat, and game statistics were used to determine the team's average kills and blocks. Additionally, the team’s opponents were ranked by ability to determine if individual kills and blocks differed with opponent ability. It was hypothesized that a higher vertical jump was related to more kills, that a higher vertical jump was related to more blocks, and that Hanover's team would have more kills and blocks playing a lower-ranked team rather than playing a higher-ranked team. Nine female NCAA volleyball players completed 8 vertical jumps throughout a 14-week span. Data collection demonstrated that vertical jump height does not correlate to volleyball performance as determined by recorded kills and blocks in a game. Correlation for VJ and hitting resulted in an r value and p value of -0.14 and 0.79, respectively. Similarly, VJ and blocks resulted in an r value of 0.34 and a p value of 0.83, respectively. An ANOVA test resulted in a p value of 0.79 for kills and 0.83 for blocks when kills and blocks were compared to the opponent’s skill level. In conclusion, there was no significant relationship between vertical jump and volleyball performance as assessed by kills and blocks per game.
Pharmacy, Health Sciences, & Exercise Science
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Irwin Library Lower Level