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Community service puts volleyball team over top in Cardinal Cup competition

ATHENS, April 25, 2013-- The volleyball team at Trinity Valley Community College had a memorable 2012-13 semester in more ways than one.

In the fall, Coach Tosha Spain’s squad made school history by qualifying for the regional tournament for the first time in the three-year history of the program.

Tuesday night. at the third annual TVCC Sports Banquet, the Lady Cardinals were awarded the Cardinal Cup -- the prize for a fall/spring semester-long competition in which the college’s athletic department teams or groups are awarded points for supporting each other and for community service.

The Lady Cardinals edged out the football team by the closest margin in the three-year history of the competition, scoring 606 points for a 34-point winning margin. The football team had 572 points and the softball team was a distant third with 261.

Community service played a big role in the Lady Cardinals’ raising the Cardinal Cup at the banquet. They logged 700 hours of giving back to the community.

“I am proud of the girls for winning (the Cardinal Cup),” Spain said. “They have been doing community service every week since September and have constantly been at other sports’ games supporting their fellow student-athletes. The girls love helping the community and attending all the other events on campus.”

As busy as they stayed, Spain said she was especially proud the Lady Cardinals were able to maintain a 3.25 GPA. “They are an amazing group of girls on and off the court and continue to make me a better person and coach every day.”

The Cardinal Cup, which began in the 2010 fall semester, is designed as a competition to help encourage student-athletes and other organizations at the college to become more involved and the events that take place on campus, not just athletic events. The program was implemented to create a supportive and active fan base of TVCC students to visibly and vocally support performing groups.

In addition to the volleyball, football and softball teams, groups participating in the competition this year were the men’s and women’s basketball teams, cheerleaders and athletic training staff.

The cheerleaders won the inaugural Cardinal Cup in 2011 and the athletic training staff finished first last year.

Here are the final Cardinal Cup standings for 2013:

Volleyball – 606 points

Football – 572 points

Softball – 261 points

Women’s Basketball – 150 points

Cheerleaders– 90 points

Men’s Basketball – 54 points

Trainers – 26 points

The Cardinal Cup trophy is on permanent display in the lobby at Cardinal Gym with the name of the winning group engraved each year.

TVCC Image - Cardinal Cup Winners 2013

TVCC Lady Cardinals Volleyball Team, 2013 Cardinal Cup Winners



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