Men's Volleyball, Women's Golf Win Messick Awards

Men's Volleyball, Women's Golf Win Messick Awards

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey added two more team Messick Awards to its total this spring as Men's Volleyball and Women's Golf were honored by Conference Carolinas recently. The teams were recognized as having demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their respective sport, as voted upon by member coaches and student-athletes. The Crusaders' Athletic Department finished the year with five sport winners, tying Southern Wesleyan for the most in the league.

The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship and respect among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. The winning institution is recognized for its overall commitment to providing a quality playing environment for home and visiting fans, players, and staff members.

Conference Carolinas athletics directors implemented the process by which the Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach from each school vote separately upon the sportsmanship of all conference competitors. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office, where averages are calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport. The rankings of each school's conference-sponsored sports are then used to determine the institution which has displayed the best sportsmanship across all sports throughout the year, and that institution is named the winner of the Messick Sportsmanship Award.  

The individual team sportsmanship awards are now in their eighth year, reflecting Conference Carolinas' commitment to exhibiting and recognizing sportsmanship throughout the conference. As an NCAA Division II member, Conference Carolinas prides itself on creating a positive game environment through sportsmanship to ensure a favorable experience for student-athletes and fans alike.

Spring Team Messick Sportsmanship Award recipients for 2018:

Women's Outdoor Track & Field - University of Mount Olive

Men's Outdoor Track & Field - Southern Wesleyan University

Women's Tennis - King University

Men's Tennis  - North Greenville University

Softball - King University

Baseball - Southern Wesleyan University

Women's Golf - Belmont Abbey College

Men's Golf - Southern Wesleyan University

Women's Lacrosse - Limestone College

Men's Lacrosse - Lees-McRae College

Men's Volleyball - Belmont Abbey College