Volleyball Voted USA South Team Sportsmanship Award Recipient

Covenant players shake hands with Berea following a match on Oct. 23, 2018. (photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Infomation)
Photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- For a fourth 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 Monday.

The award adds to the list of accomplishments for the volleyball program in 2018. Covenant, under head coach Joanna Ehman, finished 15-13 overall and went 12-2 in the USA South to claim a fourth straight regular season division title and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The Scots had four players earn All-USA South honors.

The conference hands out a Sportsmanship Award for 12 conference-sponsored team sports. Men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track and field, 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 volleyball team joins men's soccer and baseball as the only Covenant programs to win a USA South Team Sportsmanship award in four straight seasons.

Other fall winners this year included Greensboro (football), Berea (men's soccer), and William Peace (women's soccer).

Over the course of the year, the institution that wins the most individual sport awards is 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 five years.

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


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