BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the seventh straight year, conference rivals, King University and Lees-McRae College Battled for the Blue Ridge Cup. King University retained the Blue Ridge Cup for the seventh straight year with the 16-7.
King got off to a great start in the fall, taking a pair of wins in women's volleyball and another on the pitch as the Tornado men's soccer team defeated the Bobcats 3-2 in double overtime in Banner Elk. Lees-McRae got on the board with a win in women's soccer and had higher finishes in cross country at the Conference Carolinas and NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. King took a 4-2 lead with higher finishes from the women's cross country team.
In the winter, both the men's and women's basketball teams split a pair of contests with each team defending their home court. King then took a pair of points in men's and women's indoor track & field based on conference championships results to take an 8-4 lead.
The spring started with a pair of wins for the King men's volleyball team and the Tornado earned another point with a 6-1 win in men's tennis. Lees-McRae won the women's tennis match, and the schools split a Conference Carolinas softball doubleheader. The schools then split the men's and women's track & field points, giving King a 13-7 lead.
The last three competitions came in the classroom, NCAA Graduation Rate, percentage of student-athletes that were selected academic All-Conference Carolinas and overall student-athlete GPA. King won all three of those categories to earn the 16-7 victory and retain the Blue Ridge Cup for the seventh straight year.