November 20, 2012

King Leads Lees-McRae in Blue Ridge Cup Standings

With six of the possible 25 points decided toward the battle for the inaugural Blue Ridge Cup, King College leads Lees-McRae College 4-2 after the fall athletic season.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After the close of the fall athletic season, King College holds a slight edge over Lees-McRae College in the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup. After the first six events of the inaugural competition for the two rivals King leads in the overall standings, 4-2. 

King and Lees-McRae began the 2012-13 Blue Ridge Cup competition by splitting a pair of matches between its women’s volleyball teams. The Lady Tornado ended a 58-match conference winning with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Bobcats on Sept. 12 to earn the first points toward the cup standings. Lees-McRae delivered a vengeful blow with a 3-0 shutout in Banner Elk (N.C.) on Oct. 24 to even the score.

Lees-McRae took a one point lead following a 1-0 victory against the Lady Tornado soccer team. King evened the score later that evening when its men’s soccer team earned a 3-2 win, leveling the cup count to two points for each school.

Cross Country, thus far, has been the deciding sport so far as King took both points, in full. The Lady Tornado cross country team won its first conference championship while Lees-McRae placed eighth as a team. King earned the full point after its fourth place finish at the Southeast Regional Championships while Lees-McRae placed 22nd overall. The national qualifying Tornado men’s team also won its full point toward the standings after placed second at the conference championships and third at regionals, while the Bobcats ninth and 24th in the same events.

The race for the inaugural Blue Ridge Cup is far from over with 19 points still available to be decided. The next three points will be up for grabs in a matter of three days as both schools transition into the winter season. Men’s and women’s basketball will take the court on Jan. 21 while men’s volleyball will be in action on Jan. 24. All three events will be held at King. February will put four points on the line in the return contests for both basketball teams plus the first Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Tornado and Bobcats share 17 varsity athletic teams which will be used to help determine an annual winner. Participating teams for both schools include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s cycling, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s volleyball, and softball. Three academic components will also be used to award a total of three points toward the standings including NCAA graduation rate, the percentage of student-athletes named to the Academic All-Conference Team, and each school’s overall student-athlete grade point average.

A complete breakdown of past and upcoming events that will go toward the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup are provided below.

 

 

Sport

Total
Point(s)

 

Notes:

 

Winner(s)

Women’s Volleyball

2

1 point per match

Split

Men’s Soccer

1

1 point per match

King

Women’s Soccer

1

1 point per match

Lees-McRae

Men’s Cross Country

1

½ point based on Conference Championship result;

½ point based on Southeast Regional ranking finish

King

King

Women’s Cross Country

1

½ point based on Conference Championship result;

½ point based on Southeast Regional ranking finish

King

King

Men’s Volleyball

2

1 point per match

Jan. 24 at King;
April 2 at LMC

Men’s Basketball

2

1 point per game

Jan. 21 at King;
Feb. 13 at LMC

Women’s Basketball

2

1 point per game

Jan. 21 at King;
Feb. 13 at LMC

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

Feb. 16

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

Feb. 16

Men’s Tennis

1

1 point per match

March 7

Women’s Tennis

1

1 point per match

March 7

Softball

2

1 point per game

April 3 (DH)

Men’s Cycling

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 14-15

Women’s Cycling

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 14-15

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 19-20

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 19-20

Graduation Rate (NCAA)

1

 

May 2013

Percentage on Academic
    All-Conference Team

1

 

May 2013

Overall student-athlete GPA

1

 

May 2013

Total available points

25

 

KING LEADS, 4-2