HIGH POINT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey women's cross country, Belmont Abbey men's cross country, King women's volleyball, North Greenville women's soccer, and Mount Olive men's soccer teams were named 'Team Sportsmanship Award' winners following the recent completion of the fall season league championships. These teams were recognized to have demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their Conference Carolinas sport. The designation was voted on by member coaches and student athletes throughout the league.
The 2012 fall sportsmanship team award recipients:
Women's Volleyball – King College
Women's Soccer – North Greenville University
Women's Cross Country - Belmont Abbey College
Men's Cross Country – Belmont Abbey College
Men's Soccer – Mount Olive College
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. This year marks the second year that there will be an individual sport 'Team Sportsmanship Award' highlighting Conference Carolinas efforts to honor institutions exhibiting sportsmanlike behaviors.
The sportsmanship award is decided using a voting process implemented by Athletics Directors that calls for a coach and student-athlete representative to vote together and judge conference competitors' sportsmanship. After all the votes have been submitted the conference office averages the results and the institution with the highest overall average in a particular sport is awarded the 'Team Sportsmanship Award'. These awards will now correspond with the current "Messick Sportsmanship Award" that recognizes the school with the overall best average across all conference sports throughout the year.
Last year, King Baseball won a Team Sportsmanship Award following the end of the spring athletic season. This is the second such award King has received since beginning competition in the league in 2011.
The King women's volleyball team finished the 2012 season with a 16-16 overall record and finished third in the West Division after completing the Conference Carolinas schedule 9-7. With its 3-1 victory over Limestone in the regular season finale, the Lady Tornado locked its place in its second consecutive Conference Carolinas Tournament, falling to Belmont Abbey (3-0) in the first round.
The Lady Tornado were paced by Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year, Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.), who finished the year with 437 digs, 3.90 digs per set, and 41 services aces. She joined outside hitter Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) and setter Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) on the All-Conference Team.