Courtesy of Atlanticsun.org
Contributions by Michael Tolvo
Regular season championships in men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball have Florida Gulf Coast University in the lead for the 2013-14 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Sports championship.
The Eagles are looking for their second straight Bill Bibb Trophy, which is awarded to the combined all sports champion. FGCU currently has recorded 164 points out of a possible 207 (.792). With its four team titles, FGCU tallied 75.5 men’s points and 88.5 women’s points to emerge as the leader with the conference’s spring sports remaining.
Both men’s and women’s golf is hoping to bring home FGCU’s first ever Atlantic Sun Championship later this spring. The men were recently ranked number 99 by Golfweek.com, giving the Green and Blue the sixth highest ranking in the Atlantic Sun. With two wins already this season, the Eagles will get two more chances to claim their third triumph of the year at either the FAU Slomin Autism Invite or at the Jim West Intercollegiate Tournament. The Eagles will travel to Chateau Elan, Ga. to battle for the A-Sun Championship Apr. 20-22.
This year’s women’s golf squad is ranked number 146 by Golfweek.com. After a sixth-place finish in a field of 16 at the Ocala Spring Invitational this past week, the Eagles have only the Atlantic Sun Championship remaining. This year’s final event is taking Apr. 14-16 in Jekyll Island, Ga.
On the tennis court, the men’s team is led by junior Jordi Vives. The bi-weekly rankings released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently ranked Vives 62 out of the top 125 singles players in the country. As a squad, the Green and Blue have five conference outings remaining to attempt and improve on its 1-2 conference record. The Men’s Tennis Atlantic Sun Championship will take place on Apr. 17-19 in Jacksonville, Fla.
With just four matches remaining, the women’s tennis team hopes to improve on its overall record of 9-6 before it participates in the A-Sun Championship. They will join the men’s team in Jacksonville from Apr. 17-19 to compete for the title.
The baseball team is off to a strong start and hopes to capture its fourth Atlantic Sun Conference title later this season. The Eagles sit in first place in the A-Sun, going undefeated so far in conference play. For the first time in program history, the Green and Blue will host the Atlantic Sun Tournament, set to begin May 21.
Midway through the season, the softball team holds a 19-14-1 overall record and hopes to climb up the conference ranks before the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in May. The Eagles have 22 games to go, including 20 conference games before they travel to Nashville, Tenn. to compete for the Atlantic Sun Championship.
ETSU, with a team title in volleyball, sits in second place with 171 out of 246 points (.695), followed by Lipscomb (162/246, .659) with titles in men’s and women’s cross country, Jacksonville (144/228, .632) with titles in volleyball and women’s indoor track and field, and Mercer (108.5/207, .524) with a championship in men’s basketball.
Northern Kentucky (126/246, .512), North Florida (112/246, .463), Stetson (91.5/207, .442), Men’s Indoor Track and Field champion Kennesaw State (96/219, .438) and USC Upstate (93/246, .378) round out the race.
The Eagles lead the men’s quest for the Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy at .868, followed again by ETSU (.757) and Lipscomb (.743), then by Mercer (.626) and Northern Kentucky (.600) in the top half of the race.
The Dolphins’ success in fall and winter sports propelled them to the lead in the women’s race, posting the A-Sun’s best percentage of .819, followed by FGCU (.738), ETSU (.649), Lipscomb (.695) and Stetson (.563). The winner of the A-Sun Women’s All-Sports Race receives the Sherman Day Trophy.
For a current look at each of the A-Sun’s All-Sports races, click here.
Points for the A-Sun All-Sports title are awarded on a descending basis in three-point increments. A minimum of five full-fledged members must participate in a sport for that sport to be counted in the all-sports standings. The total number of points available for each sport is established according to the number of teams participating in each sport.
In team sports, points are awarded based on regular season finish. In individual sports (cross country, golf, track & field) points are awarded based on the A-Sun Championship standings. Ties split points, and the final All-Sports standings are based on percentage. Each institution’s percentage score is determined by the aggregate calculation of each institution’s points earned divided by the maximum points available to that institution.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.