Indianapolis, Ind. - June 22, 2018 - For the seventh-consecutive season, the Springfield College men's volleyball program had the highest team hitting percentage in all of Division III, and had the best winning percentage in the country for the second-straight season, according to the final NCAA National Rankings.
The Pride posted a .372 hitting percentage this season as it won the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball National Championship, securing its second-straight national crown and 11th national title in program history. In fact, the Springfield College men's volleyball team had the second-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 .030 points above the next team and was followed by Endicott (.340), Stevens (.314), Kean (.301), and Elms (.294).
This is the seventh-straight year that the Pride has owned the nation's top hitting percentage as Springfield hit a remarkable .414 in 2017, recorded a .382 clip in 2016, combined for 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 50 nationally in hitting percentage. Sean Zuvich (San Pedro, Calif.) hit at a .341 clip to rank 29th in the country, while Sergio Figueroa Velez (San Juan, Puerto Rico), the AVCA Division III National Player of the Year, produced a .315 hitting percentage which was the 37th-best in the nation.
A year removed from going 29-2, the Pride owned a 31-2 record during the 2018 campaign, including a perfect 29-0 mark against Division III competition, en route to a .939 winning percentage.