ROME, Ga. – A pair of Mary Baldwin University teams garnered sportsmanship honors from the USA South on Friday afternoon.
Both the softball and women's tennis teams earned the sportsmanship award in spring sports from the conference.
The softball team claims the honor for the third-consecutive year, while the tennis program receives the accolade for a second-straight season.
Also gaining sportsmanship honors in spring sports were Covenant (baseball and men's tennis), Averett (men's lacrosse) and Meredith (women's lacrosse).
During the 2004-2005 academic year the USA South Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee instituted a Conference-wide Sportsmanship Award. For each sport, all team members vote for the team he/she deemed to have demonstrated the best overall sportsmanship throughout the season. The team garnering the most votes receives that sports' Sportsmanship Award. The institution which wins the most individual sport awards will be presented with the overall USA South Sportsmanship Trophy.
This year's overall Sportsmanship Trophy goes to Covenant. Mary Baldwin claimed the award a season ago.
The award was developed as a result of the SAAC's commitment to maintaining a sportsmanlike environment on each of our campuses. The SAAC hopes that by awarding a Sportsmanship Award, the members of the USA South will understand the importance of this issue. It is vital that good sportsmanship be demonstrated in the arena of competition.