Indianapolis, Ind. - June 14, 2017 - For the sixth-straight year, the Springfield College men's volleyball program had the highest team hitting percentage in all of Division III, according to the final NCAA National Rankings.
The Pride posted a .414 hitting percentage this season as it won the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship, securing the 10th-national title in program history. In fact, the Springfield College men's volleyball team had the highest hitting percentage of any program, men or women, at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level this year.
The Pride's hitting percentage was over .100 points above the next team and was followed by Dominican (.313), Carthage (.311), Wentworth (.306), and Stevens (.304).
This is the sixth-consecutive year that the Pride has owned the nation's top hitting percentage as Springfield recorded a .382 clip in 2016, a .329 percentage in 2015, hit .331 as a team in 2014, notched a .381 clip in 2013, and posted a team hitting percentage of .387 in 2012.
Individually, Springfield had two players rank in the top 25 nationally in hitting percentage. Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) had the second-highest hitting percentage in the nation as he totaled a .459 percentage, while fellow outside hitter Ricardo Padilla Ayala (San Juan, Puerto), hit at a .354 clip for the 22nd best percentage in the country.
Springfield's defense was equally as impressive as the Pride tied with Lancaster Bible for the lowest opponent's hitting percentage (.117) in Division III. It proved to be the first time in college men's volleyball that a team led the county in both hitting percentage and opponents hitting percentage. Additionally, Springfield had the best winning percentage as its 29-2 record resulted in a .935 percentage.