My daughter's girls' high school volleyball team recently climaxed a great season with a run in the state tournament that unfortunately ended in a championship game loss. The girls were disappointed, but will remember their trip “downstate” for a long time. Even with an excellent group of underclassmen returning, the team understands there's no guarantee next year's stars will align for an encore.

Over the course of  the two week tournament, a few thoughts occurred to me that are pertinent for measurement and business intelligence. One relates to the different categories of schools for competition based on size and other factors. The other has to to do with the structure of the tournament itself – who plays whom, when and where.

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