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TORNADO MEN'S VOLLEYBALL 2018 Season Preview

The 2017 season was a memorable one for head coach Ryan Booher and the King University men's volleyball team. The Tornado won their first Conference Carolinas title, going 16-2 in league play. Booher returns a majority of the firepower from last year's squad that won 28 matches as the Tornado aim for another conference title.

King was picked to finish third in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll behind Barton College and the University of Mount Olive.

Top Returners

Jeff Sprayberry

Sr. | 6-5 | OH | Oak Forest, Ill.
  • Preseason All-American honorable mention from Off the Block
  • Named to 2018 Karch Kiraly Award watch list
  • AVCA All-America honorable mention
  • 2017 Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year
  • First team All-Conference Carolinas in 2017
  • Became one of two players to have more than 900 career kills in program history
  • Ranked 16th in NCAA Division I and third in Conference Carolinas with an average of 3.48 kills per set last season

Nick Drooker

Sr. | 6-2 | S | Richmond, Va.
  • Named to 2018 Lloy Ball Award watch list
  • 2017 second team All-Conference Carolinas
  • Ranked fifth in NCAA Division I and second in Conference Carolinas with an average of 0.59 aces per set last season
  • 12th in the country and second in the league with an average of 9.95 assists per set a year ago
  • Broke own school record for assists in a season with 1,035 in 2017

Jon Wheaton

Jr. | 6-8 | MB | Lockport, Ill.
  • Named to 2018 Ryan Millar Award watch list
  • Selected second team All-Conference Carolinas in 2017
  • Ranked 21st in all of NCAA Division I and led Conference Carolinas with an average of 0.98 blocks per set
  • Led the conference with 86 block assists and 101 total blocks
  • Posted an attack percentage of .423

Jimmy Nuckolls

Sr. | 5-9 | DS | Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Named to 2018 Erik Shoji Award watch list
  • 2017 third team All-Conference Carolinas selection
  • Sixth in Conference Carolinas with 219 total digs last season
  • Ranked eighth in league with an average of 2.15 digs per set

Adrian Besson

Sr. | 6-4 | MB | San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Ranked second in Conference Carolinas with 78 block assists and fourth in the league with 85 total blocks a year ago
  • Averaged 0.89 blocks per set to ranked eighth in the conference last season
  • Posted at least three blocks in a match 17 times, including streaks of five and six straight matches

Kiel Bell

Sr. | 6-0 | RS | Boca Roton, Fla.
  • Recorded 128 kills for an average of 2.29 per set a year ago
  • Recorded an attack percentage of .279
  • Registered at least 10 kills in a match five times
  • Posted four double-doubles last season

Sean Luhmann

Sr. | 6-3 | RS | Midlothian, Va.
  • Ranked fourth among Tornado with 130 kills for an average of 2.10 per set a season ago
  • Third on the team with a .315 attack percentage
  • Reached double figures in kills three times last season

By the numbers

  • Finished 28-4, 16-2 in Conference Carolinas a season ago
  • Posted best team record in King men's volleyball history last season
  • Defending Conference Carolinas regular season champions
  • Recorded most wins overall and in conference in program history
  • Only lost one starter off of last years 28-4 team
  • Head Coach Ryan Booher eclipsed the 100 win mark last season
  • Coach Booher won his second Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year Award last season
  • The Tornado have ranked in the top 10 nationally each of the last seasons in digs per set, including second last season

New faces

Top Row (Left to Right): Leo de Quadros, JT Deppe, Dante Jennings, Mason McCrury. Bottom Row (Left to Right): Sean Kohlhase, Justin McCarthy, Sergio Palmer

Head Coach

Head Coach: Ryan Booher

Experienced in coaching a wide range of ages and talent levels, Ryan Booher enters his ninth season as head coach of the Tornado men's volleyball team. The Bristol, Tennessee native has taken the reigns and brought success and stability to King’s only Division I competing program. In 2017, Booher earned his second Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year award after leading the Tornado to their first Conference Carolinas title. King posted program records for wins in a season, 28, and Conference Carolinas wins in a season, 16. The Tornado posted an overall record of 28-4 while going 16-2 in league play.

2018 Schedule Highlights

Season opener | Jan. 5 at #4 UCLA (10:30 pm)

Home opener | Jan. 18 vs. Alderson-Broaddus (7:00 pm)

Conference Carolinas opener | Jan. 24 vs. Lees-McRae College (7:00 pm)

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