King senior outside hitter Jeff Sprayberry put his name in the school record books after Saturday’s sweep of Emmanuel College (Ga.). Sprayberry notched his 1,000th career kill, becoming the first Tornado player ever to reach the milestone.
Sprayberry downed 12 kills in the match, marking his fourth double-digit effort of the season and third straight. The Oak Forest, Illinois, native has been efficient over the last five matches, hitting .300 or better, including two .400-plus efforts.
In 2018, he has registered 94 kills, while hitting .283 and adding 46 digs and 13 aces.
All told, Sprayberry has put down 1,004 kills. The next closest player to 1000 kills was Eddie Moushikian, who totaled 964 putaways from 2013 to 2017.
Over his first three seasons, Sprayberry averaged 3.30 kills per set and hit at a .229 clip.
In addition to his career kills mark, Sprayberry also owns the top two spots in season kills and season attempts. He set the school record for kills with 420 in 2016 and added 369 in 2017, good for second. The outside took 1,227 swings in 2016, which was a school record by nearly 400 attempts (previously 828). In 2017, he made 882 offensive attempts, ranking second.
Sprayberry also boasts the single-game kill tallies in school history, notching 29 twice in 2016, 26 twice, 26 once, 23 twice and 22 twice.
The Tornado are currently 7-2 on the season and have won six straight, including a 4-0 mark in Conference Carolinas action.