BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the conclusion of the fall sports season, Conference Carolinas has been handing out awards, and the King University women's soccer team earned the Team Sportsmanship Award. The Tornado won their first Conference Carolinas Tournament game when they upset the league's top-seed.
King qualified for the Conference Carolinas Tournament for the third time in as many years in the league. The Tornado posted an overall record of 6-11-2, and earned the eight seed in the conference tournament. King then proceeded to upset top-seed and league champion Lees-McRae College 1-0 in the quarterfinals. However, the Tornado season came to an end in the semifinals at Pfeiffer University.
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. A Conference Carolinas Institution will be awarded for its overall commitment to providing a quality playing environment for home and opposing fans, players, and staff members. The school with the overall best average, across all conference sports, will receive the Messick Sportsmanship award at the end of the academic year.
The sportsmanship award is decided using a voting process implemented by Athletics Directors that calls for a coach and student-athlete representative to vote together and judge conference competitors' sportsmanship. After all the votes have been submitted the conference office averages the results and the institution with the highest overall average in a particular sport is awarded the 'Team Sportsmanship Award'.