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VB, Men's XC Squads Honored for Sportsmanship
With the two honors, Liberty squads have now received a conference-high 23 Big South Team Sportsmanship Awards since the program was instituted in 2005. VMI was the only other conference school to win a pair of awards during the fall, capturing football and women's cross country distinctions.
The Lady Flames volleyball team, coached by Shane Pinder, becomes the first five-time winner of the Big South Team Sportsmanship Award. Liberty has garnered the distinction every time it has been awarded.
Liberty enjoyed another successful season on the court, finishing 20-14 and reaching the Big South Championship title match for the third straight year. The Lady Flames equaled a program record with 13 conference victories, sharing the Big South regular-season title for the third consecutive season.
Meanwhile, the men's cross country squad captures the Big South Team Sportsmanship Award for the third time in the last four years. Head coach Brant Tolsma's Flames previously won the award in 2006 and 2007.
Led by NCAA national champion Sam Chelanga (R-Jr., Nairobi, Kenya) and All-American Evans Kigen (R-Jr., Eldoret, Kenya), Liberty won its fifth consecutive Big South men's cross country title in 2009.
At the conclusion of the 2009-10 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 four years.
Fall 2009 Big South Team Sportsmanship Award Winners
Men's Cross Country: Liberty
Women's Cross Country: VMI
Men's Soccer: UNC Asheville
Women's Soccer: Presbyterian
Football: Charleston Southern and VMI