Volleyball Earns Third Straight USA South Team Sportsmanship Honor

Photo credit: Jack Lewis
Photo credit: Jack Lewis

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- For a third consecutive year, the Covenant volleyball team has been voted the USA South Team Sportsmanship Award winner for the sport, as the conference unveiled its sportsmanship honors on Tuesday.

The conference hands out a Sportsmanship Award for 12 conference-sponsored team sports. Men's and women's cross country, along with men's golf, are not included due to a lack of a conference schedule in those particular sports. For each of the other sports, all team members vote for the teams he/she deemed to have demonstrated the best overall sportsmanship throughout the season. The team garnering the most votes receives that sports' Sportsmanship Award.

The award adds to a stellar season for the volleyball program. Covenant finished 25-8 and claimed the USA South West Division regular season title and then the conference tournament crown. The Lady Scots made their second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round.

Other fall winners included Ferrum (football), Maryville (men's soccer), and William Peace (women's soccer).

Over the course of the year, the institution that wins the most individual sport awards will be presented with the overall USA South Sportsmanship Trophy. The award was developed as a result of the SAAC's commitment to maintaining a sportsmanlike environment on each of our campuses. Covenant has claimed at least a share of the USA South Sportsmanship Trophy in each of the last four years.

Fall Sportsmanship Award Winners
Football - Ferrum College
Men's Soccer - Maryville College
Women's Soccer - William Peace University
Volleyball - Covenant College

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