BRISTOL, Tenn. – The front line attack for the Tornado men's volleyball team just got a four times stronger with the addition of Head Coach Ryan Booher's latest wave of signees for the 2012-13 season. King College Men's Volleyball has announced the signing of Eddie Moushikhian (OH), Pele Ili (OPP/OH), Zach Prexta (MB/OH), and Matthew Lychock (MB) to its incoming class of freshmen.
Atlanta, Ga. | Milton High School
5-11 | 160 lbs. | Outside Hitter
Eddie Moushikhian comes to King through Atlanta, Ga., after moving from Santa Clarita, Calif., the proclaimed Volleyball Capital of the United States. He played primarily for the Southern Storm Volleyball Club under Head Coach Brian Teague and current King assistant coach, John Friddle. There his team placed third in AAU competition in 2008 and 2011. In 2011, Moushikhian's team took gold in the Silver Division at the East Coast Championships and began a run where they won back-to-back SRVA Regional Championships (2011-12).
Before moving to the Atlanta area, Moushikhian played for the Synergy Volleyball Club 14's under Head Coach Walt Ker. Click here to view a highlight video of Eddie Moushikhian.
Long Beach, Calif. | Long Beach Poly High School
6-1 | 195 lbs. | OPP/OH
Pele Ili is the second California native of the most recent signing class and will bring size and strength to the King front line. The Long Beach, Calif. Native comes from a hot bed of boy's volleyball talent where he starred as a three-year varsity starter for the Long beach Poly High Jackrabbits. He was an All-League First Team selection in 2011 -12 while leading his team to a league championship. In 2010-11, Ili was voted the top LBPHS offensive player and Most Improved Player after the 2010-11 season. That season, the Jackrabbits were ranked inside the top-10 in the CIFSS Southern Section of over 100 Division I schools and won the Orange County Varsity Tournament.
Ili graduated with honors maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better all four years and was a Merit Scholar Award winner in 2010 and 2011. At the club level, he qualified to compete in the Open 18's Junior Olympics (JO) division in 2012.
York, Pa. | Red Land High School
6-3 | 175 lbs. | OH/MB
Zach Prexta leaves the Keystone State as one of the top hitters in Mid-Penn and Red Land High School history to join King College. He leaves the Patriots as its all-time kill leader, a record he set in the first game of his senior season, and well as its single-season kill leader. He was a four-year starter for Red Land where he was named to the Mid-Penn and District III First Teams and a Harrisburg Patriot All-Star. Prexta and the Patriots went on to take first place in the Mid-Penn AA in both his junior and senior seasons and advanced to the district playoffs in three seasons. As a freshman outside hitter, he led the team to the state playoffs. He was named to the Mid-Penn Player to Watch in three of his four seasons with the Patriots.
Prexta played his club volleyball with the Yorktowne Volleyball Club where his teams advanced to Nationals in four of the five years he played.
Las Vegas, Nev. | Bishop Gorman High School
6-5 | 180 lbs. | MB
Matthew Lychock also ventures east to join the Tornado men's volleyball team after playing for the Bishop Gorman Gaels under Coach Range Larson. He was voted team Most Valuable Player after his senior season and was a Scholar-Athlete Award winner two seasons at BGHS. He was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with honors.
He played his club volleyball with Vegas Volleyball and Nevada Juniors during his high school years. He is the son of Robert and Laura Lychock.
The class of four will join previously signed recruit Matthew DeLong (S) to comprise a five-man incoming freshman class. The Tornado finished with a 10-20 overall record last season and won three of their last four matches of the season.