BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University has won the Blue Ridge Cup for the fourth straight year in the annual battle between Conference Carolinas foes King and Lees-McRae College. The Tornado grabbed the advantage in the fall with wins in women's volleyball and women's soccer before extending the lead in the winter to retain the cup.
King took both women's volleyball matches from the Bobcats while Lees-McRae got on the board with a win in men's soccer. The Tornado took a the victory in women's soccer before the teams split a point in men's cross country and King earned the point for women's cross country.
In the winter, both the King men's and women's basketball teams as well as the men's volleyball teams swept the Bobcats. The indoor track and field teams split a pair of points with the Lees-McRae men posting a higher finish at the Conference Carolinas Championships to take the point.
The tennis teams split a pair of points in the spring with the King men taking a point and the Lees-McRae women taking the other. The Tornado then took a both softball games from the Bobcats as well as both outdoor track and field points.
In the classroom, King earned a point for having a higher NCAA Graduation Rate and a higher percentage on the academic All-Conference Carolinas team while Lees-McRae had a higher overall student-athlete GPA to earn the final point.
In all, King earned the cup for the fourth straight year by an 18-5.-4.5 margin.