Rally length and rest time in women's volleyball
Aytar, Sinem Hazir
Bakir, Mehmet Akif
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The aim of the present study was to investigate rally length and rest time according to the intensity of the match and sets, set periods, and match results (winer-loser) in women's volleyball. 226 sets and 9,285 rallies and rest times sampled from 58 matches played in the highest-level Turkish Women's Volleyball League were analyzed in this study. Mean values for rally length and rest time was found as 6.88 +/- 5.94 s and 28.92 +/- 18.21 s, respectively, and W:R ratio was 1:4.20. Classified as short, medium, and long, the distribution of rally length clusters were 24.7%, 59.3%, and 16.1%, and rest time distribution was 77.2%, 10.7%, and 12.1%, respectively. Rally length according to the intensity of the match and sets, set numbers and set periods was similar (p>0.05), while rest time was found to be extended as the intensity of the match and sets, the number of sets, and set periods increased (p<0.05). Rally length was also observed to be similar in winner teams (<(x)over bar>=6.96s;SD=6.07s;Med=5.22s) and losers ((x) over bar =6.79s;SD=5.78s;Med=5.23s) (p>0.05), while rest time clusters were longer in winner teams ((x) over bar =30.36s; SD=19.80s; Med=22.18s) when compared to losers ((x) over bar =27.15s; SD=15.88s; Med=21.74s) (p<0.05). In conclusion, this study revealed that only rest time values varied in different variables of the match; that rest time was more decisive on work-to-rest ratios in women's volleyball than was rally length; and that rest time clusters were longer in winners than in losers. These findings were recommended to be exploited in planning training programs for competitions in women's volleyball.