Hope College remains in the top 20 of the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup NCAA Division III standings in the final update for the fall season.
Hope totaled 201 points and is tied for 17th place with Trinity (Texas).
Hope earned 100 points for winning the women’s volleyball national title, 51 for a 23rd-place finish at the women’s cross country championships and 50 in women’s soccer for reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology leads with 313.5 points — 6.5 more than second-place Williams (Massachusetts).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s.
The first set of winter standings will be released mid-March.
Hope has been ranked among the nation's top 100 NCAA III programs every year. Hope's place in the standings year-by-year were: 1995-96, 26th; 1996-97, 46th; 1997-98, 23rd; 1998-99, 47th; 1999-00, 47th; 2000-01, 38th; 2001-02, 70th; 2002-03, 31st; 2003-04 39th; 2004-05, 56th; 2005-06, 12th; 2006-07, 20th; 2007-08, 39th; 2008-09, 37th; 2009-10, 36th; 2010-11, 69th; 2011-12, 43rd; 2012-13, 64th; 2013-14, 29th.