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Liberty Netters Recognized for Sportsmanship
Head coach Shane Pinder's squad has won this distinction each year since the award was instituted in 2005. Liberty has now garnered 12 Big South Team Sportsmanship Awards, the most of any conference institution. The Flames' men's cross country team was also recognized today.
The Lady Flames captured their first Big South Championship since 2001 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. They went 27-9 on the season, establishing a new program Division I record for victories and snapping Winthrop's 63-match Big South winning streak along the way. Liberty also set a school record by winning 16-consecutive matches, a run which included 10-straight 3-0 sweeps.
At the conclusion of the 2007-08 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 the first two years.