BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team won a share of their third straight Conference Carolinas regular season title, and on Wednesday five Tornado were recognized by the league when they handed out their individual awards. Jon Wheaton and Sean Kohlhase led five Tornado that earned All-Conference Carolinas honors with first team selections.
The Tornado had five players earn all-conference honors for the second time in program history. The last time King had five players selected was in 2017, and the Tornado had four players honored a season ago.
Wheaton garners all-conference honors for the third time, and the first time earning first team honors. He was named second team in 2017 and 2018. This season Wheaton ranks second in Conference Carolinas and fourth in NCAA Division I with an average of 1.23 blocks per set. The Lockport, Ill., native set the school record with 11 blocks in a match earlier this year and became the all-time leader in blocks. Entering the semifinals, Wheaton owns 395 career blocks.
Kohlhase earns first team all-conference for the first time after leading the Tornado offense all season long. The Peoria, Ariz., native ranks fourth in the league with an average of 3.35 kills per set and fifth with 342 total kills. At the service line, Kohlhase has posted 38 aces for an average of 0.37 aces per set, ranking him fifth in the league. He set a career-high with 24 kills earlier this season at Emmanuel where he hit .488 in the match. Kohlhase has reached double figures in kills 18 times, including each of the last five matches.
Dalton Johnson was just as tough at the net at Wheaton, earning second team all-conference honors for the first time. The Loma Linda, Calif., native ranks seventh in the country and fourth in Conference Carolinas with an average of 1.19 blocks per set. His 123 total blocks and 105 block assists lead the league while he ranks second with 18 solo stuffs. The 123 total blocks and 105 block assists set new school records for blocks in a season, breaking Wheaton's previous records.
Joshua Kim earns third team All-Conference Carolinas accolades for the first time in his career. The Garden Grove, Calif., native had a stellar season for the Tornado, posting four double-doubles on the season. He posted averages of 2.70 kills and 1.69 digs per set. Kim recorded a career-high 18 kills against Queens, where he also registered 10 digs. His career-high of 16 digs came in the conference quarterfinal on Saturday. Kim added 17 kills for the double-double in the match.
Noah Melendez has played well in the back row for the Tornado, garnering third team All-Conference Carolinas for the first time. The Carolina, P.R., native posted 95 digs for an average of 1.53 digs per set. He also posted a .944 serve receive percentage, making only 16 errors in 286 attempts.
The second-seeded Tornado take on sixth seed North Greenville University in the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Championship on Wednesday night at 5:00 p.m. The semifinals and finals are hosted by Barton College in Wilson, N.C.