2016-17 Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball All-Conference and Major Awards Announced

HIGH POINT, N.C.King University outside hitter Jeff Sprayberry has been selected as the 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Player of the Year. University of Mount Olive's Josh Donahue was named Defensive Player of the Year, while Angelos Mandilaris of Barton College won Freshman of the Year. In addition, Ryan Booher of King earned Coach of the Year, the Conference announced today.

Sprayberry, a junior from Oak Forest, Ill., earned Player of the Year honors after averaging 3.43 kills per set and leading the league with 350 kills while hitting .263 on the season. He a season-best 27 kills twice and had two double-doubles on the year. Sprayberry becomes King's second Player of the Year, joining Joel Salva in 2011.

Donahue, a junior from Jacksonville Beach, Fla., receives Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 2.73 digs per set on 243 digs. The all-time leader in digs at Mount Olive, Donahue led UMO to a 16-9 overall record and 14-4 Conference Carolinas mark on the season.

Mandilaris, a freshman from Chalkida, Greece, was named the league's Freshman of the Year after ranking 10th in conference with 255 total kills for a 3.45 per set average, while hitting .350 percent. He also chipped in 1.66 digs per set on 123 digs and collected a team-high 36 service aces.

Booher earns Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career, winning the award last in 2011. This season, Booher guided the Tornado to its first Conference Carolinas regular season title, winning a program-best 16 conference matches. He also led King to a 20-win improvement from last season, winning a program-record 28 matches. The previous best for the program was 15 back in 2015. In the middle of the season, the Tornado won a program-record 15 straight matches.

Barton led the way with four first team selections each, as Mandilaris was joined by Vasilas Mandilaris, Aleksa Brkovic and Federico Pagliara. Rounding out the first team was Sprayberry and the Mount Olive duo of Donahue and Robert Poole.

 

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

 


Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athleticconference made up of 12 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount OliveNorth Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA DII membership process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.