Don't look now, but the volleyball team at Trinity Valley Community College is building a Cardinal Cup dynasty.
Tuesday night at the seventh annual TVCC Sports Banquet at Athens Country Club, the Lady Cardinals were again awarded the Cardinal Cup -- the prize for a fall/spring semester-long competition in which the college's athletic department teams/groups are awarded points for supporting each other and for community service.
Coach Tosha Spain's squad tallied 584 points to take the top spot over the softball team and hoist the Cardinal Cup trophy for a third straight year and fourth time overall.
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 and softball teams, groups participating in the competition this year were the football team and the men's and women's basketball teams.
Here are the top three in the Cardinal Cup standings for 2017:
Volleyball – 584points
Softball – 468 points
Women's Basketball – 304 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.
Here are the all-time winners of the competition:
2011 – Cheerleaders
2012 – Trainers
2013 – Volleyball
2014 – Football
2015 – Volleyball
2016 – Volleyball
2017 -- Volleyball