BRISTOL, Tenn. – This month, Off the Block, a site that covers men's volleyball, announced Conference Carolinas All-Decade teams and honors. Three King University players earned All-Decade honors while head coach Ryan Booher was selected Conference Carolinas Coach of the Decade.
A nationwide voting committee of 10 men's volleyball coaches and volleyball media members determined the Conference Carolinas All-Decade Team. The top 10 vote-getters made first team All-Decade, while the next top 10 vote-getters earned second team All-Decade honors.
In order to ensure representation of all positions — libero, middle attacker, opposite, outside attacker, and setter — the top-two vote-getters at each position were assured spots on the All-Decade teams.
Booher became the Tornado head coach midway through the 2010 season, leading King to an 11-2 record over the final 13 matches and a third place Conference Carolinas finish. The next year, Booher lead King to an 11-9 mark, finishing second in the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament runner-up. That season Booher earned his first Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year award.
Most recently, Booher has led King to three straight Conference Carolinas regular season titles and a Conference Carolinas Tournament title in 2018. He was selected Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year following the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Each of the last three years, King has topped the 20-win plateau, including a school-record 28 wins when the Tornado went 28-4 in 2017.
Jeff Sprayberry '18 and Jon Wheaton '19 were selected to the All-Decade first team while Nick Drooker '18 garnered second team honors. Sprayberry was a three-time all-conference selection and was named Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. He twice was an AVCA honorable mention All-America honoree. He was the first Tornado to reach 1,000 career kills and is King's all-time leader with 1,249 kills.
Wheaton is also a three-time all-conference selection. He owns school records of 356 block assists and 409 total blocks as he was the first player in program history to reach the 400-block plateau. His .366 attack percentage ranks second in school history and he is fifth all-time with 610 kills.
Drooker twice earned all-conference honors and was selected Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year in 2015. He set the school record for assists as a freshman, and broke that mark as a sophomore, becoming the first Tornado to break the 1,000-assists mark in a season. Drooker is King's all-time leader in assists (3,892), service aces (179), digs (747), sets played (413) and matches played (114).
Off the Block annually presents college men's volleyball national awards to recognize outstanding individual performances in the sport. Along with the Conference Carolinas All-Decade Team, Off the Block will present the National All-Decade Team later this month.