Men's Volleyball

Balanced Bobcats: Men's Volleyball Represented in Every NCAA Stat Category

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team has used a total team effort to get off to an 8-1 on start as evident in the NCAA men's volleyball statistical rankings. The Bobcats are ranked in every team and individual category against Division I and Division II opponents.

The most impressive ranking the Bobcats received this week is being ranked third nationally with a .889 winning percentage. The team has exploded off to an 8-1 record in the 2009 Season and currently sports a seven match win streak.

Colin Kelly sports the highest ranking of a Bobcat by being ranked ninth in kills per set. In 35 sets he has 158 kills for an average of 4.51 kills per set. The team is ranked 23rd with 491 kills in 35 sets for an average of 14.03 kills per set.

Juan Ramirez received the second highest ranking by being ranked 15th in assists per game. He currently averages 12.03 assists per set. The team sits at 21st with 468 assists in 35 sets for an average of 13.37 assists per set.

Ryan Black is 16th in the nation in blocks per set with an average of 1.29. As a team, the Bobcats are ranked 10th with 35 solo blocks and 141 block assists in 35 sets for an average of 3.01 blocks per set.

Ryan Black is also 20th in the nation in hitting percentage. Black has 69 kills, 20 errors and 132 total attacks in 31 sets for a .371 hitting percentage. The team is 22nd with a .234 hitting percentage.

Robert Ritchie is ranked 32nd in digs per set with 2.13, and Ramirez is two slots behind with 2.06 digs per set. As a team the Bobcats average 10.40 digs per set, 364 digs in 35 sets, which is good enough for 10th.

The younger of the two Black brothers, Jeff, is 34th in aces per set with .30. The team currently sits 29th.

"This truly is a great testament to the team effort we are putting forth," head coach Jamie Petrik said. "The balance in these stats reflects the balance on this team. I wish they had a category for 'practice player of the week' or something along those lines because all of our guys push each other, which is why this season is going well."

The Bobcats will put their 8-1 record, seven match win streak, on the line Saturday, February 28th at the Mount Olive Tournament.