Tornado extend lead over Lees-McRae in Blue Ridge Cup

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the winter season, King University extended their lead in the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup with Lees-McRae College. With 12 events remaining this spring, the Tornado hold an 11-2 lead over Lees-McRae in the inaugural competition between the two Conference Carolinas rivals.

King swept the Bobcats in both men’s and women’s basketball over the winter. The Tornado men took a 72-48 win at home, and followed it with an 88-64 victory on the road while the women earned a 61-44 home victory and won 74-69 on the road.

In indoor track & field, King again earned both points as both men’s and women’s finished higher than Lees-McRae’s teams. The Tornado men’s and women’s teams both won Conference Carolinas championships while the Bobcat women finished fourth, and the men finished fifth.

In January, the King men’s volleyball team defended their home court with a 3-2 victory over Lees-McRae. That win pushed King’s lead in the Blue Ridge Cup standings to 11-2. The teams will meet again on Tuesday night in Banner Elk, N.C.

Other events coming up this spring in the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup include men’s and women’s tennis on April 2 and a softball doubleheader on April 3. Men’s and women’s cycling, as well as men’s and women’s outdoor track & field will also compete at their respective conference championships in April. The three points will be the school’s graduation rate, percentage of the members on the academic all-conference team and the overall student-athlete GPA.

The Tornado and Bobcats share 17 varsity athletic teams which will be used to help determine an annual winner. Participating teams for both schools include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s cycling, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s volleyball, and softball. Three academic components will also be used to award a total of three points toward the standings including NCAA graduation rate, the percentage of student-athletes named to the Academic All-Conference Team, and each school’s overall student-athlete grade point average.

A complete breakdown of past and upcoming events that will go toward the battle for the Blue Ridge Cup are provided below.

 

Sport

Total
Point(s)

 

Notes:

 

Winner(s)

Women’s Volleyball

2

1 point per match

Split

Men’s Soccer

1

1 point per match

King

Women’s Soccer

1

1 point per match

Lees-McRae

Men’s Cross Country

1

½ point based on Conference Championship result;

½ point based on Southeast Regional ranking finish

King


King

Women’s Cross Country

1

½ point based on Conference Championship result;

½ point based on Southeast Regional ranking finish

King


King

Men’s Volleyball

2

1 point per match

King;
April 2 at LMC

Men’s Basketball

2

1 point per game

King
King

Women’s Basketball

2

1 point per game

King
King

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

King

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

King

Men’s Tennis

1

1 point per match

April 2

Women’s Tennis

1

1 point per match

April 2

Softball

2

1 point per game

April 3 (DH)

Men’s Cycling

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 14-15

Women’s Cycling

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 14-15

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 19-20

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

1

based on Conference Championship results

April 19-20

Graduation Rate (NCAA)

1

 

May 2013

Percentage on Academic
    All-Conference Team

1

 

May 2013

Overall student-athlete GPA

1

 

May 2013

Total available points

25

 

KING LEADS, 11-2