Monday, May 07, 2012
MACON, Ga. – Championships in golf and softball and strong showings in tennis and volleyball led Kennesaw State University to the 2011-12 Atlantic Sun Conference Women’s All-Sports Race title.
The Owls claim their second Sherman Day Trophy in the last three years, the award going to the school in the A-Sun with the best overall women's sport finish in the 2011-12 season.
KSU’s softball success moved them from a previous tie in third with ETSU to the top spot, totaling 166.5 points and edging last year’s champion Jacksonville by 4.5 points. The Owls received 28.5 points as co-champs with FGCU in softball and 27 points for their championship in women’s golf. They also received 21 points in tennis and volleyball, 18 for indoor and outdoor track and field, 15 for basketball, 12 for soccer and six for cross country. KSU has finished first or second in each of the last four years.
The Dolphins’ 21 points from their seventh consecutive indoor and outdoor track and field championships and a share of the soccer title (27 pts.) helped them to finish second with 162 points. JU has finished first or second in each of the six years of the award, winning in 2010-11, 2008-09 and 2007-08.
FGCU’s soccer, basketball and softball titles and a solid effort in volleyball helped it secure third place with 151.5 points, topping fourth-place North Florida by a mere 1.5 points. The Eagles also finished third in the 2009-10 season and have been in the top half of the standings since joining the A-Sun in 2007. FGCU joined Jacksonville as the only schools to claim three championships.
North Florida fell two spots from the previous rankings to fourth, as the Ospreys’ tennis title (30 pts.) and strong showing in cross country (27 pts.) helped them to 150 points in the final tally.
ETSU claimed a share of women’s soccer and finished as runner-up in tennis, but finished with 141 points to finish fifth.Belmont finished sixth with 135 points, their strengths in sharing the volleyball title along with strong showings in cross country, soccer and basketball. Lipscomb claimed the cross country and volleyball honors and posted a solid showing with 21 points in softball to finish with 117 points in seventh.
Stetson finished as runner-up in basketball for 27 points, USC Upstate got 24 points from softball and Mercer received its best finish from women’s golf (21 pts.) to round out the women’s rankings with 100.5, 99 and 70.5 points, respectively.
Points for the all-sports standings are awarded on a descending basis in three-point increments and are established according to the number of teams participating in each sport. In team sports, points are awarded based on a school's regular season finish. In individual sports, such as cross country, golf, and track and field, points are awarded based on their A-Sun Championship standings. In the event of a tie, the two schools split the combined points.For a complete listing of sports and point totals, visit the All-Sports Standings page.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University. Northern Kentucky University becomes the A-Sun’s newest member on July 1, 2012.