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Men's Volleyball Wins NCAA Division III Hitting Percentage Title For Fifth-Straight Year

Men's Volleyball Wins NCAA Division III Hitting Percentage Title For Fifth-Straight Year

Indianapolis, Ind. - June 9, 2016 - For the fifth-consecutive season, 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 .382 hitting percentage this season as it rattled off a 28-4 record and reached the NCAA Division III Championship match for the fifth-straight year.

Springfield was tops in the nation in front of SUNY New Paltz, who finished the 2016 season hitting .371, followed by Rutgers Newark (.334), Nazareth (.329) and Wentworth (.310). 

This is the fifth-straight season that the Pride has owned the nation's top hitting percentage as Springfield recorded 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.

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.  Earlier this year, the Springfield College women's volleyball team won the team hitting percentage title after hitting at a .295 clip, marking the second time in the last three years that both the men's and women's volleyball programs at Springfield have had the most efficient offenses in Division III.

Individually, Springfield had three players rank in the top 35 nationally in hitting percentage. Luis Vega (Corozal, Puerto Rico) hit .390 on the season, which ranked 17th the entire country on the individual national rankings, followed by Greg Woods (Middletown, Conn.) and Ricardo Padilla Ayala (San Juan, Puerto), who each hit at a .343 percentage to tie for 32nd best in the nation.