Congratulations to Men’s Volleyball for bringing home Stanford’s first National Championship of the year! The victory was not only a fantastic athletic display for a full Maples Pavillion, but also a remarkable ‘come-back’ story, as the team went 3-25 only three years ago.
I took the liberty of analyzing their astonishing improvement. Assuming the win rate was growing at an exponentially decaying rate (so it reaches 1 at year infinity), I used my predictive equation (R^2 = .9442) to estimate that the team will win almost 88% of its games next year. The kills per set prediction was easier, as the previous four years have seen an extremely linear increase in kills per set (R^2 = .9992). Using this linear fit, I predict the team will get 17.3 kills per set next season.
I hope the graph shows the wonderful work of John Kosty, head coach since 2007. I find it impossible to believe the dramatic improvement wasn’t mostly due to his changes. Congratulations again to the team. Thanks for making it so easy to root for Stanford athletics.