March 28, 2011

Mercado climbs to second in kills per set

INDIANAPOLIS --- Senior Chad Mercado (Orlando, Fla.) is ranked second in kills per set, and the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team is listed sixth in aces per frame in the latest edition of the NCAA Division I-II statistics, announced NCAA officials Monday.

Lees-McRae (15-8, 4-1 Conference Carolinas) is on a tear of late, entering the week having won 11 of its last 13 matches, including a thrilling five-set victory over nationally-ranked Ball State University on Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats are ranked sixth in aces per set (1.44), 10th in winning percentage (0.652), 16th in digs per frame (8.31), and 19th in hitting percentage (0.270). Lees-McRae is also listed 23rd in kills per set (12.02), 24th in assists per frame (11.28), and 29th in blocks per set (2.01).

Mercado is in the midst of a tremendous season with the Bobcats, entering the week ranked second in the nation in kills per set (4.81) after posting a pair of 20-kill performances against George Mason University and Ball State this past weekend. The senior opposite is also listed 18th in hitting percentage (.327), 37th in digs per set (1.72), and 78th in aces per frame (0.19).

Fellow senior Juan Ramirez (Miami, Fla.) returns to the rankings, entering the week listed eighth in the nation in digs per set (2.53), while also being ranked 37th in assists per frame (1.82). Rookie Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) is also ranked 56th in blocks per set (0.78).

Freshman Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) continues to rank among the nation's leaders in assists per set, entering the week listed 16th with an average of 10.2 helpers per frame. The 6-3 setter is also listed 44th in aces per set (0.27), while John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) is ranked 37th in aces per frame (0.28) and 51st in blocks per set (0.8).

Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday, Apr. 2 when the Bobcats travel to Mount Olive, N.C. in a pivotal Conference Carolinas clash against Mount Olive College, a matchup which features the two top teams in the league so far this season. First serve is slated for 3 p.m.

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