FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Meredith College finished the year ranked second in final USA South Women's Presidents Cup standings, just one and one-half points behind the leader. Regular season championships in soccer, lacrosse, and softball, along with tournament titles in volleyball and lacrosse elevated the Avenging Angels point total.
Cross country finished second this fall and women's tennis placed third in the league's East Division. The volleyball Avenging Angels ranked second in final East Division standings with a near perfect record in the USA South and the fewest overall losses on record for Meredith.
This fall's regular season crown in soccer marks the program's fourth overall and third consecutive. The back-to-back USA South Regular Season Champion lacrosse seniors captured their fourth consecutive tournament championship last weekend and join the volleyball team as the only two Meredith teams advancing to their respective NCAA Tournaments this year.
With 28 wins, the most on record for Meredith softball, the Avenging Angels collected the program's first USA South Championship this spring as the East Division winner.
The USA South Presidents Cup symbolizes the league's top men's and women's athletic program each year. The Presidents Cup is awarded by a points system where the first place team in each sport will be awarded the number of points that corresponds to the number of schools that sponsor teams in that sport. The second place team receives one point less than the first place team and so on, down to one point for the last place team that competes. Additionally, for all sports with the exception of football which has no post-season play, the tournament champion receives two bonus points for that sport while the runner-up receives one bonus point.
In the sports of golf and cross country, the athlete placing first earns two bonus points for his/her institution, while the runner-up earns one bonus point. If athletes from the same institution place first and second, that institution will earn the two bonus points for the first place finish only. Finally, for those sports with divisional standings, the Presidents Cup points are separated by divisions.
Meredith captured the college's first USA South Women's Presidents Cup in 2015 as the first single-gender member to do so.