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Liberty Leads Sasser Cup Following Fall Season

November 30, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Leads Sasser Cup Following Fall Season

2011-12 Sasser Cup Standing
(through fall seasons)

Following the most successful fall this season by any program in the Big South Conference, Liberty finds itself sitting atop the first release of the 2011-12 Big South Sasser Cup standings, which the league issued earlier today.

Liberty entered this athletics season having won the last four Big South Sasser Cup titles (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11). Liberty also entered this year tied with Coastal Carolina for the most Sasser Cup titles in league history (nine), with the two programs combining to capture 18 of the 25 titles the league has offered during the past quarter century.

Although Liberty and Coastal Carolina have dominated the Sasser Cup standings of late, the Flames' closest competition for this year's title following the fall season is High Point.

Liberty finished the fall season with a weighted average score of 13.58 points, bolstered by the Flames capturing three of the six championship titles offered by the league.

Men's cross country continued its dominance in the league, winning its unprecedented seventh-straight Big South title.

Volleyball captured both the Big South regular-season title and won its league-record sixth conference championship. The Lady Flames will continue their season on Friday night when they face four-time defending NCAA champion Penn State in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.

Finally, men's soccer secured its second title in the last five seasons. Following an upset of No. 1 seed and No. 9 nationally ranked Coastal Carolina in the semifinals of the Big South Men's Soccer Championship, Liberty secured the program's second championship with a 3-1 victory over host Gardner-Webb in the title match.

Additionally, Liberty's football and women's cross country programs finished in second place in their respective standings. Women's soccer rounded out Liberty's highly successful half dozen fall programs by securing the No. 5 seed at the Big South Women's Soccer Championship and advancing to the semifinals before falling to eventual conference champion and No. 1 seed Radford.

Entering the winter season, which offers four additional conference titles (men's basketball, women's basketball, men's indoor track and women's indoor track), Liberty finds itself with a 2.08 point overall lead in the Big South Sasser Cup standings over High Point (11.50 points).

Winthrop is in third place with an 11.10 weighted-average score, followed by Campbell in fourth place (10.90 points) and Radford in fifth place (10.20 points). Coastal Carolina, Liberty's traditional Big South Sasser Cup rival, is in sixth place with a 7.88 weighted-average score (5.70 points behind Liberty).

Liberty also finds itself leading in both the Big South Women's All-Sport and Men's All-Sport standings following the fall seasons.

Liberty, who has won three out of the last four Women's All-Sport titles (2007-08, 2009-10 and 2010-11), holds a 1.17 point lead over second-place Winthrop (14.50 to 13.33).

The standings in the Men's All-Sport title race are much closer. Liberty, who has won the men's title four times (2003-04, 2004-05, 2007-08 and 2008-09), holds a slight 0.17 point edge over High Point in the standings following the fall season of competition (12.67 to 12.50).

The Sasser Cup trophy, named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser, is awarded to the Big South member institution with the most successful year athletically, based on an average points system.
Points are awarded based on both regular-season and tournament finish in each of the league's 18 championships, based on the number of teams participating in the regular-season and tournament, respectively.

A school must be eligible to participate in a specific sport championship to receive Sasser Cup points in the sport. There is a weighted factor of 1.5 for those sports which only participate in regular-season play (football) or a tournament (cross country, track and golf), but not both.  Teams tied in regular-season or tournament play split the points earned.

2011-12 Sasser Cup Standings
1. Liberty – 13.58

2. High Point – 11.50
3. Winthrop – 11.10
4. Campbell – 10.90
5. Radford – 10.20
6. Coastal Carolina – 7.88
7. Gardner-Webb – 6.54
8. UNC Asheville – 6.30
9. VMI – 5.05
10. Presbyterian College – 4.56
11. Charleston Southern – 3.80

2011-12 Women's All-Sports Award
1. Liberty – 14.50

2. Winthrop – 13.33
3. Radford – 11.67
4. Campbell – 11.17
5. High Point – 10.83
6. UNC Asheville – 7.17
7. Coastal Carolina – 6.33
8. Gardner-Webb – 6.00
9. Charleston Southern – 4.83
10. Presbyterian College – 4.75
11. VMI – 4.25

2011-12 Men's All-Sports Award
1. Liberty – 12.67

2. High Point – 12.50
3. Campbell – 10.50
4. Coastal Carolina – 9.42
5. Radford – 8.00
6. Winthrop – 7.75
7. Gardner-Webb – 7.08
8. VMI – 5.58
9. UNC Asheville – 5.00
10. Presbyterian College – 4.38
11. Charleston Southern – 2.25

Annual Sasser Cup Champions
1985-86 – Winthrop
1986-87 – Winthrop
1987-88 – Coastal Carolina
1988-89 – Coastal Carolina
1989-90 – Coastal Carolina
1990-91 – Coastal Carolina
1991-92 – Campbell
1992-93 – Campbell
1993-94 – Campbell
1994-95 – UNC Greensboro
1995-96 – UNC Greensboro
1996-97 – UNC Greensboro
1997-98 – Liberty
1998-99 – Liberty
1999-00 – Liberty

2000-01 – Coastal Carolina
2001-02 – Liberty
2002-03 – Liberty

2003-04 – Coastal Carolina
2004-05 – Coastal Carolina
2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Coastal Carolina
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Liberty
2009-10 – Liberty
2010-11 – Liberty

Women's All-Sports Award
2003-04 – Coastal Carolina
2004-05 – Coastal Carolina
2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Coastal Carolina
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Coastal Carolina
2009-10 – Liberty
2010-11 – Liberty

Men's All-Sports Award
2003-04 – Liberty
2004-05 – Liberty

2005-06 – Coastal Carolina
2006-07 – Winthrop
2007-08 – Liberty
2008-09 – Liberty

2009-10 – Coastal Carolina
2010-11 – Coastal Carolina