Related: USA South Release
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The USA South released the final 2016-17 Presidents Cup standings earlier this week after the conclusion of the spring conference tournaments. Covenant placed sixth in the overall standings and third in the women's rankings.
The sixth place finish is the second-highest for Covenant since joining the conference in 2013-14, while the third place finish for women's sports is the highest in those four years.
On the year, Covenant collected three conference regular season divisional championships (volleyball, men's tennis and women's tennis). Men's cross country and women's soccer had second place finishes during the year.
The USA South Presidents Cup symbolizes the league's top men's and women's athletic program each year. The Presidents Cup is awarded by a points system where the first place team in each sport will be awarded the number of points that corresponds to the number of schools that sponsor teams in that sport. The second place team receives one point less than the first place team and so on, down to one point for the last place team that competes. Additionally, for all sports with the exception of football which has no post-season play, bonus points will be up for grabs. The team winning the USA South Tournament Championship will receive two bonus points for that sport while the runner-up will receive one bonus point.
In the sports of golf and cross country, the athlete placing first will earn two bonus points for his/her institution while the runner-up will earn one bonus point. If athletes from the same institution place first and second, that institution will earn the two bonus points for the first place finish only. Finally, for those sports with divisional standings, the Presidents Cup points are separated by divisions.
Piedmont was the overall winner and the women's winner, while Maryville took home the men's title.
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