Mercado, Bobcats listed prominently in NCAA statistics
Mar 10, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS --- AVCA National Player of the
Week Chad Mercado (Orlando, Fla.) is ranked third in the nation in
kills per set (4.77), and the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball
team is listed fourth in aces per frame, announced NCAA officials
Thursday with the release of this week's NCAA Division I-II men's
Lees-McRae (11-7) has been on a tear of late, entering the week
having won seven of its last eight matches, with the only loss in
that span coming in a five-set thriller at No. 11 Penn State
University. The Bobcats enter the week ranked fourth in aces per
set (1.61), 12th in winning percentage (0.611), 14th in hitting
percentage (0.288), and 17th in digs per frame (8.08). Lees-McRae
is also listed 19th in kills per set (12.08), 20th in assists per
frame (11.27), and 24th in blocks per set (2.08).
Mercado posted a pair of outstanding performances last Friday
against Eastern Mennonite and NJIT, recording a combined 33 kills,
three errors and .625 hitting percentage en route to the first
national weekly honors of his career. The 6-5, 235-pound opposite
raised his season hitting percentage 30 points on the night,
surging 13 spots in the nation to enter the week ranked 11th with
an attacking clip of .352. Mercado is also ranked 41st in digs per
Freshman setter Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) enters the
week ranked 13th in assists per set (10.42) and 22nd in aces per
frame (0.33), while Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) and John Lucas
(Cincinnati, Ohio) are each listed 44th in blocks per set (0.85).
Lucas and Mercado are also ranked 49th (0.26) and 65th (0.21),
respectively, in aces per set.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Monday, Mar. 14 when the
Bobcats host Limestone College in a Conference Carolinas match at 3
p.m., and Philadelphia Biblical University in a 7:30 p.m. tilt.
Both matches will be played in Williams Gymnasium.