Big South Announces Winter Season Team Sportsmanship Award Winners

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - The Big South Conference's Team Sportsmanship Awards for its four winter sports have been determined, and Campbell University, Liberty University, Presbyterian College, Radford University and UNC Asheville were voted the winners.  The honor is part of the Big South's Sportsmanship Awards program that began in 2005-06. 

Radford was voted the Team Sportsmanship Award winner in men's indoor track & field, its second honor in the sport and first since 2008.  It is also the Highlanders' first Team Sportsmanship Award of the 2011-12 campaign and 13th overall.  UNC Asheville was honored in women's indoor track & field -- its first-ever recognition in the sport and the school's sixth award since 2005-06.

For the second consecutive season, Liberty received the Big South's Team Sportsmanship Award in men's basketball, marking the school's fourth honor this season and 36th overall since the award's inception in 2005-06.  The Flames shared the men's basketball honor with Presbyterian College, which receives its first honor in the sport and seventh overall.  Campbell was voted the winner in women's basketball, the Camels' second Team Sportsmanship Award in their first season back in the Big South.

The team awards are voted on by Big South student-athletes and are awarded at the end of each competitive season.  Teams cannot vote for themselves.  Each institution ranks and votes for its top three.  Teams receive three points for a first-place ranking, two points for a second-place ranking and one point for a third-place ranking.  

At the conclusion of the 2011-12 athletic season, the Big South Conference's Institutional Sportsmanship Award will be announced.  An institution's sport winners count towards the Institution Sportsmanship Award and the winner is determined on a system recognizing the highest percentage of the maximum possible points each institution is capable of achieving in that year.  The institution with the highest percentage will win the award.  VMI has won the Big South's Institutional Sportsmanship Award all six years of the award's history.

2011-12 Big South Team Sportsmanship Award Winners

Women's Basketball:......Campbell
Men's Basketball:...........Liberty, Presbyterian College
Women's Indoor Track:...UNC Asheville
Men's Indoor Track:........Radford
Football:........................VMI
Volleyball:......................Charleston Southern
Men's Soccer:.................Campbell, Liberty
Women's Soccer:............Liberty
Women's Cross Country:..Liberty
Men's Cross Country:.......VMI