posted May 15, 2002

Hope Sweep MIAA All-Sports Awards

 Hope College has won all three all-sports awards presented by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for the second consecutive year.

Since 1998-99, the MIAA has presented separate awards for the best overall finish in men's and women's sports as well as an award for the best cumulative finish in all league sports (men and women). The separate awards are known as the Men's All-Sports Award and the Women's All-Sports Award while the cumulative award, presented since 1934-35, is designated the Commissioner's Cup.

The final standings for the all-sports awards were determined on the basis of each college's standings in eight of nine sports for men and eight of nine sports for women. These point totals were added together to determine the winner of the Commissioner's Cup.

It is the fourth straight year that Hope has won the women's all-sports award and the third time in four years for the men's all-sports award.

In the Commissioner's Cup standings, Hope finished nine points ahead of nearest challenger Calvin, 175-166. Next were Albion and Kalamazoo with 128 points each followed by Alma 111, Adrian 71 and Olivet 39.

In the men's all-sports standings, Hope edged Calvin by a single point, 81-80, followed by Kalamazoo 55, Albion 54, Alma 46, Adrian 30 and Olivet 24.

In the women's all-sports standings, Hope ended with 94 points followed by Calvin 86, Albion 74, Kalamazoo 73, Alma 65, Adrian and Saint Mary's 41 each, and Olivet 15.

Hope has now won the Commissioner's Cup (MIAA All-Sports Award) a record 24 times, including seven of the last nine years and 17 times since 1980. The next closest school is Albion with 14 followed by Kalamazoo 13, Calvin 8 and Alma 5.

This year Hope crowned four league champions, winning outright the title in men's and women's golf and women's basketball and sharing the championship in volleyball with Alma.

The finish of Hope men's teams by sport were: baseball, second; basketball, second; cross country, second; football, second; golf, first; soccer, second; swimming & diving, second; tennis, second; track and field, fourth.

The finish of Hope women's teams by sport were: basketball, first; cross country, third; golf, first; volleyball, tie for first; soccer, tie for fifth; softball, second; swimming and diving, second; tennis, tie for fourth; track and field, second.