King aims for postseason run in 2017

Photo Credit: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo Credit: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Facility – Student Center Complex
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL HISTORY

First Year of Men's Volleyball – 2007-08
Overall Record – 89-118 (.430)
Overall Conference Record – 35-53 (.398)

COACHING STAFF

Head CoachRyan Booher
Record at School, Years – 74-104 (.416), 7 seasons
Career Record, Years – 74-104 (.416), 7 seasons
Conference Carolinas Record, Years – 35-53 (.398), 7 seasons
Men's Volleyball Office Phone – (423) 652-6333
Assistant Coach
Caitlin Bullock

TEAM INFORMATION

Overall Record Last Year – 8-24
Conference Record / Finish – 5-13 / 8th
Starters Returning / Lost – 6 / 1
Letterwinners Returning / Lost
– 13 / 1

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
- King was selected to finish third in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Junior Jeff Sprayberry (second team All-Conference Carolinas, set a school record with 420 kills, averaged 3.65 kills per set, added 201 digs and 53 blocks)
Junior Nick Drooker (broke own school record with 1,018 assists to lead Conference Carolinas, averaged 8.85 assists per set, sixth in league with 232 digs, 10th in league with 65 blocks)
Sophomore Jon Wheaton (set school record with 104 block assists and 113 total blocks to lead Conference Carolinas, second in league with an average of 1.03 blocks per set, seventh in league with .345 hitting percentage, added 192 kills)
Redshirt junior Adrian Besson (posted 57 blocks, ranked ninth in the league with 54 block assists, accounted for 116 kills)
Redshirt junior Jimmy Nuckolls (ranked ninth in the league with 193 digs from his libero position, averaged 1.84 digs per set)
Redshirt senior Eddie Moushikhian (redshirted last season, second team All-Conference Carolinas in 2015, ranked sixth in the league with 324 kills and 3.45 kills per set in 2015) 

KEY PLAYERS LOST TO GRADUATION

Matthew Lychock (King's all-time leader in blocks, block assists, solo blocks, sets played and matches played, last season, career-best 171 kills, 1.63 per set, 96 blocks for an average of 0.91 per set, .286 attack percentage)

NEWCOMERS

Kiel Bell, Boca Roton, Fla. (Florida Atlantic University)
Adam Krzos, Chicago, Ill. (Lincoln College)
Tristen Luu, Amarillo, Texas (San Jacinto Christian Academy)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- King opens the season with a pair of home matches on January 10 against Lincoln Memorial University and January 13 against the University of Charleston (W.Va.).
- The Tornado open Conference Carolinas play on January 25 at Lees-McRae College before hosting Pfeiffer University on January 31.
- The Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Championship is scheduled to start on April 18 with the semifinals and finals taking place on April 21-22.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620