BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team won a share of their third straight Conference Carolinas title this spring, and on Wednesday they earned another conference award. The Tornado earned an individual Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Award.
King posted an overall record of 20-10, going 14-2 in Conference Carolinas play. The Tornado advanced to their second straight Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Championship title match for the second straight season, falling at Barton College 3-2 and 17-15 in the fifth set. King earns an individual Messick Award for the second time, and the first since 2015.
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 ninth 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 positive experience for student-athletes and fans alike.