Salva signed a contract to play for Patriotas de Lares (translated: "Patriots of Lares") of the Liga de Voleibol Superior (LVS) on Saturday, Nov. 5. The league and its nine member teams fall under the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation governing body.
As one of the founding members of the King Men's Volleyball team in 2006, Salva was a four-year starter for the Tornado and capped his collegiate career with multiple Conference Carolinas accolades in 2011 when King served as an affiliate member of the conference. Salva was named the 2011 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and Setter of the Year and was a First Team All-Conference selection as a senior. Last year, he tallied 552 total assists, averaging 8.90 per set. He led the team with 143 digs and had the second-most total blocks on the team with 35 (13 solo).
"Joel is a special player and person," said Head Coach Ryan Booher. "He helped build King Men's Volleyball and now he gets a chance to play the sport he loves as a professional. Joel will be a great asset to any team that he plays for. We wish him the best of luck and our prayers and support go out to him."
The Lake Mary, Fla. native was integral in the team's run to the championship round of the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Tournament, where they finished runners-up as an affiliate member. He helped the team to an 11-9 overall record and a 5-3 league record. He ended the 2011 season ranked fifth in digs per set (2.31) in NCAA Division I. He currently holds school records in career assists and service aces.
Salva will continue his studies while playing with Patriotas de Lares and is set to graduate from King this December. He is majoring in physics and minoring in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Link to Liga de Voleibol Superior (LVS) website: http://www.fpvoleibol.com/LVSM.html(using Google Chrome browser will automatically translate from Spanish to English)