The triple-double, a stats feat coveted by setter-hitters across the country, seems to be getting more ubiquitous. For example, Shelbey Manthorpe, a junior setter at Seton Hall University, collected a total of ten triple-doubles this year, the last of which she earned in SHU’s final match of the season, a four-set win over St. John’s, with 39 assists, 13 kills, and 15 digs. Last season, Manthorpe led the nation in triple-doubles with eight total and now boast 22 in her career.
Then there’s Harvard’s Corinne Bain (pictured), a freshman setter who earned her first triple-double of the season in a five-set loss to Brown, Oct. 5. The feat was a first in program history, but since then Bain has collected five more triple-doubles and was unanimously voted the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Allie Sawatzky of Texas A&M leads the SEC in triple-doubles with three in conference play and six overall, her most recent a 31 assist, 10 kill, 11 dig showing in the Aggies’ four-set win over Ole Miss, Nov. 10.
Perhaps we’re seeing so many occurrences of this stats phenomenon because of the renewed interest in a 6-2 lineup at the highest levels. Coaches like having the ability to sub in a bigger blocker and more aggressive hitter when their setter reaches the front row, but sometimes one of the team’s setters is also a ferocious hitter. And that’s when you get a triple-double just waiting to happen.
Originally published in January 2014