BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the conclusion of each season, Conference Carolinas hands out the Messick Sportsmanship Awards for each sport, and King University earned a pair of these honors during the spring season. The Tornado baseball and women's tennis teams both won the award for the 2013-14 season, marking the second and third King teams to earn the distinction this year.
The Tornado women's tennis team had one of their most successful seasons in recent memory as they qualified for the Conference Carolinas Tournament for the first time in school history. King posted an overall record of 9-15 while going 3-6 in league play to earn the seventh seed the conference tournament. The season came to an end in the first round, falling to second seeded Pfeiffer University.
The King baseball finished as the Conference Carolinas Tournament runner-up to the University of Mount Olive for the second consecutive season. The Tornado posted a conference record of 11-10 to earn the fourth seed the postseason tournament, closing the regular season with seven straight wins, six of which were league contests. King stretched the winning streak to nine games after winning their first two tournament games before running into top seeded Mount Olive. The Tornado posted an overall record of 24-29-1.
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'.