King’s Jeff Sprayberry Named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 21st, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, Conference Carolinas

Junior outside hitter Jeff Sprayberry from King University was named as the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year. The Oak Forest, Illinois, native averaged 3.43 kills per set, while hitting at a .263 clip and leading the Tornado to a 28-4 mark. He posted two double-doubles and downed a season-best 27 kills twice, while guiding King to the No. 2 seed in the league tournament and an appearance in the semifinals. Sprayberry is the second Player of the Year in school history and first since Joel Salva (2011).

Mount Olive’s libero Josh Donahue garnered Defensive Player of the Year accolades after posting 2.73 digs per set and guiding the Trojans to a 17-9 mark, including a berth in Saturday’s league tournament final. The Jacksonville Beach, Florida, native is UMO’s all-time digs leader.

Freshman right side Angelos Madilaris nabbed Freshman of the Year honors after leading conference champion Barton to a 22-5 record. The Chalkida, Greece, native averaged 3.45 kills per set, while hitting at a .350 clip. He ranked 10th among conference players with 255 kills, while also adding 1.66 digs per set and a team-best 36 aces.

King head coach Ryan Booher was tabbed as the Conference Carolinas Coach  of the Year after leading his Tornado squad to a share of the conference title, the first in school history. King won 16 league matches, a program best, and guided the program to a 28-4 mark, a 20-win improvement over its 2016 record. Booher’s charges posted a program-record 15 match win streak during the season. Booher was last named Coach of the Year in 2011.

In addition to the four major award winners, Conference Carolinas announced its three all-conference teams. Barton led the way with four first team selections, while Sprayberry, Donahue and UMO’s Robert Poole rounded out the first team. Angelos Mandilaris, sophomore outside Vasilas Mandilaris, sophomore outside Aleksa Brkovic and senior setter Federico Pagliara represented the Bulldogs on the first team.


All-Conference Carolinas First Team

Jeff Sprayberry, King

Robert Poole, Mount Olive

Angelos Mandilaris, Barton

Aleksa Brkovic, Barton

Vasilas Mandilaris, Barton

Josh Donahue, Mount Olive

Federico Pagliara, Barton


All-Conference Carolinas Second Team

Jon Wheaton, King

Bruno Kretzschmar, Limestone

Matthew McManaway, North Greenville

Bret Rutledge, Mount Olive

Dylan Lavner, Limestone

Keenan Freitas, Lees-McRae

Nick Drooker, King


All-Conference Carolinas Third Team

Evan Blair, Pfeiffer

Justice Lord, Barton

Alex Palmatier, Mount Olive

John Sobel, Lees-McRae

Eddie Moushikhian, King

Jimmy Nuckolls, King

Jeff Yasalonis, Mount Olive


Player of the Year

Jeff Sprayberry, King

Defensive Player of the Year

Josh Donahue, Mount Olive

Freshman of the Year

Angelos Mandilaris, Barton

Coach of the Year

Ryan Booher, King


Regular Season Men’s Volleyball Champions

Barton College & King University


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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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