BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team had their most successful season to date, posting a school record for wins, and qualifying for the Conference Carolinas Tournament, and when the league handed out their postseason awards on Tuesday, two Tornado were honored. Nick Drooker was selected as the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and Eddie Moushikhian garnered second team all-conference honors.
Drooker has had an impressive rookie campaign wearing the Scarlet and Navy, leading the Tornado offense from the setter position. The Richmond, Va., native leads the conference in total assists with 953 going into the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals and his average of 9.25 assists ranks fifth in the league. He has made a big impact on the Tornado offense as they have one of the most potent offenses in the conference, ranking near the top the league in kill and attack percentage. Drooker has eclipsed the 40-assist mark in a match 12 times, including five matches with at least 50 helpers. He has also played stellar defense, accounting for four double-doubles. He averages 1.60 digs per set and 0.55 blocks per set for the Tornado defensively.
Moushikhian earns all-conference recognition for the first time in his career, garnering second team honors. The Alpharetta, Ga., native led King, and ranked sixth in Conference Carolinas with 324 total kills, and his average of 3.45 kills per set was seventh in the league. He posted an attack percentage of .225 and accounted for double figures in kills in 17 matches, including a career-best 21 against Alderson Broaddus University. Moushikhian also had five matches where he accounted for 19 kills, all in wins for the Tornado. The junior posted four double-doubles, one including a career-high of 15 digs against North Greenville University.
The Tornado ended the season with a school record 15 wins, going 15-13 and qualifying for the Conference Carolinas Tournament for the first time since 2012.