FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO --- Former Lees-McRae
College men's volleyball standout Chad Mercado (Orlando, Fla.) has
signed a professional contract to play for Cariduros de Fajardo of
the Federación Puertorriqueña de Voleibol, announced
College officials Wednesday.
Mercado starred on the court for the Bobcats during his
four-year career, amassing 1,090 kills (3.63/set) while attacking
at a .251 clip. The two-time all-Conference Carolinas selection
also totaled 428 digs and 187 blocks during his career in the Green
and Gold, posting personal-bests of 399 kills and 136 digs last
season. Mercado also accomplished a first for the program last
season, garnering Sports Imports/AVCA Men's Division I-II National
Player of the Week honors on Mar. 7.
"It is my goal to grow as a player in my first season, and
expand my game every time I step on the court," said Mercado. "I
hope to work my way up in the pro leagues and one day earn a spot
on the national team."
Cariduros opened its season last week with a four-set win over
Los Gigantes de Adjuntas, and have started the campaign 2-0 after a
decisive home victory on Sunday. The season runs from late
September into January, with the playoffs taking place in