BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Ryan Booher announced the signing of New York native Matthew DeLong to a National Letter of Intent. DeLong will join the Tornado to add to the setter competition for next season.
The right-handed setter is measured at 6-foot 3-inches and is a native of Victor, New York. He has also played libero for his teams at both the high school and club level.
“Matthew is a tall athletic setter that will make an immediate impact on our volleyball program next season,” said Booher. “He will be an asset to our team on the court and in the classroom as well.”
DeLong was a three-year starter for the Victor Senior High School’s men’s volleyball team and was part of a four-year run where VSHS won the section and regional tournament each season and back-to-back state tournament titles.
In his three seasons as a starter, he was named to the All-Tournament Team at the school’s host event, the Victor Tournament and Most Valuable Player his senior year. In postseason play, he was given All-Sectional and All-Regional honors three times and All-State honors in both his junior and senior seasons. Last year, he was named the NYS State Tournament MVP after helping lead his team to its second straight state title.
As a senior, DeLong led his team to their second straight state tournament championships and fourth set of regional and sectional titles as its captain and starting setter. During their state championship run, DeLong was named NYS State Tournament MVP and later named the Daily Messenger Newspaper Player of the Year and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's All-Greater Rochester Team.
DeLong began to really blossom during his junior season when he was starting libero and named captain of the team that swept through the section and regional postseason tournaments and then won their first of two NYS state titles. He was named to the Penfield Tournament’s All-Tournament team as well as the Daily Messenger Newspaper All-Star Team for the second season in a row.
In his first season with Victor, he was Junior Varsity team
captain and MVP of the Penfield tournament. He earned a Varsity
letter on a team that won New York State sectional and regional
For the past two years, DeLong has been the setter for teams in the Victor Volleyball club.