King ranks in Top-10 NCAA stat rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - King College kept two Top-10 team rankings in this week's edition of the NCAA Division I/II men's volleyball stat report released by the national office.

The Tornado slipped a place to No. 2 in digs per set with 9.78. A week ago King led the nation with 10.15, but Southern California took the top spot this week with a 10.04 average.

King was also No. 6 in blocks per set with 2.58 which ranked second among Conference Carolinas teams. The Tornado held the same positions despite the average going down slightly.

Also in the team standings King was No. 23 in both aces per set and winning percentage. The Tornado's aces per set average was 1.07 with a .500 winning percentage.

A .252 hitting percentage gave the Tornado five Top-25 team rankings.

Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) led the conference with 2.65 digs per set which put the senior No. 2 nationally. He was No. 10 in the nation when it came to aces per set with 0.41, right behind conference leader Angel Dache, from Mount Olive (N.C.) College, with a 0.47 average. Salva's 9.35 assists per set put him third in the league and No. 27 in the country.

James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) and his .279 hitting percentage was No. 39 nationally while a 2.88 kills per set mark was No. 41.

Eric Glenn (Richmond, Va.) kept the top spot in the conference along with the No. 6 national ranking with 1.21 blocks per set.

Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) used 2.7 kills per set to slide into the No. 48 ranking nationally.

Morris Cephas (Richmond, Va.) helped King to the high digs per set ranking with his 2.37 average which was No. 11 nationally and third in the league.

King, at 9-8 overall and 3-3 in league play, goes to regular season champion Mount Olive for a 7 p.m. contest Friday. When the two met in Bristol on Jan. 15, Mount Olive left with a 3-1 decision.