INDIANAPOLIS --- Lees-McRae College senior
libero Juan Ramirez (Miami, Fla.) continues to challenge for the
national lead in digs per set, entering the week ranked second in
the nation according to the latest addition of the NCAA Division I
men's volleyball statistics.
Lees-McRae (5-6) enters the week after registering an impressive
three-set win over King College (Tenn.) last Tuesday, sweeping the
Tornado to even its Conference Carolinas record at 1-1. The Bobcats
begin the week ranked 19th in the nation in both aces (1.11) and
digs (7.92) per set, while also being listed 20th in assists per
frame (11.57). Lees-McRae is also ranked 21st in kills per set
(12.27), 22nd in blocks per frame (2.16), and 25th in won-lost
Ramirez is ranked second in the nation in digs per set for the
second consecutive week, averaging 3.12 saves per frame to pace the
Bobcats and the conference. Fellow senior Chad Mercado (Orlando,
Fla.) is also ranked once again, entering the week fifth in kills
per set with an average of 4.88 per frame. Mercado is also ranked
43rd in digs per set (1.65) and 66th in aces per frame (0.21).
Freshman setter Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) jumps
four spots to 11th in assists per set this week, averaging 10.57
helpers per frame, while also being listed 29th in aces per set
(0.31). Fellow rookies Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) and John
Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) are also ranked 50th in blocks per set
(0.79), while Juan Ramirez enters the week listed 36th in assists
per frame (1.58).
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats
travel to Gaffney, S.C. to take on Limestone College to resume
their conference schedule. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.