The USA South Athletic Conference presented its 2009–2010 Sportsmanship Trophy to Mary Baldwin University at its volleyball match versus Ferrum College. USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs was on hand to present the trophy to Mary Baldwin Director of Athletics Sharon Spalding along with three student-athletes.
It was the second year in a row that Mary Baldwin has received the conference sportsmanship award. Student-athlete Erica Gaughan credited the Fighting Squirrels’ culture of fair play to the spirit of coaches and administrators.
“They always stress that we play fair, that we always play our game, and that we always appreciate the fact that our opponents are here to play their game, too,” Gaughan said.
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Original story, posted 5-11-2010
Mary Baldwin University’s mascot might be the Fighting Squirrel, but the student athletes that represent Mary Baldwin on the fields and courts of play know how to fight fair.
For the second year in a row, the college earned the USA South Sportsmanship Trophy, after picking up sportsmanship awards in three sports this year: soccer, softball, and volleyball.
For each sport, all team members vote for the teams they deem to have demonstrated the best overall sportsmanship throughout the season and the school with the most individual awards wins the overall USA South Sportsmanship Trophy.
Ferrum College was the only other school to win multiple sportsmanship awards, earning recognition in men’s and women’s tennis. Agnes Scott College, Averett University, Greensboro College, Maryville College, Meredith College, Methodist University, and Peace College also received sportsmanship awards for individual sports teams.