Tornado Volleyball among best in NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - King College posted six Top-50 individual NCAA Division I/II Men's Volleyball stat rankings, the national office announced.

King's highest ranking came from Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) with the No. 7 spot in aces per set with an average of 0.52. He was third among Conference Carolinas players in the category. Salva added the No. 13 spot in digs per set with 2.32 and was No. 28 in assists per set with 8.68. He was fourth in the conference's assists per set ranking and third in digs.

Morris Cephas (Richmond, Va.) and his 2.46 digs per set fell in at No. 10 nationally and second in the league.

James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) used a .344 hitting percentage to move to No. 16 in the report. His percentage was good for second in Conference Carolinas.

Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) averaged 2.63 kills per set to rank No. 47 in the national ranking and fifth in the conference.

In the team categories King's highest spot was in the digs per set with 8.93 and good enough for No. 8 nationally. The Tornado was just behind Pfeiffer (N.C.) University for the league's top spot. King added 1.37 aces per set for a No. 10 national ranking. King was No. 14 and No. 15 in both blocks per set and hitting percentage, respectively.

The Tornado also ranked second in Conference Carolinas in both digs per set and hitting percentage.

King will take a 4-3 record to Lees-McRae (N.C.) College for a 7 p.m. Conference Carolinas match Tuesday. The Tornado has a 1-1 conference record while Lees-McRae comes in at 0-1 in league play. Both teams were defeated by defending champion Mount Olive (N.C.) College, King was a 3-1 victory while Lees-McRae lost 3-0.