December 5, 2008
Samford Takes Early Lead In Germann Cup Standings
After strong performances in volleyball, women's cross country and women's soccer, Samford has taken an early lead in the Germann Cup standings released by the Southern Conference Dec. 3.
The Germann Cup goes to the best all-around women's sports program in the SoCon. Schools earn points based on their regular-season finish, with two bonus points going to the team that wins the conference tournament.
The Bulldogs hold first place in the standings with 32 points following a successful fall that saw them come in first in volleyball's North Division, second at the cross country championships and third in women's soccer.
Only four schools have won the Germann Cup, with Furman winning 12 straight from 1993 through 2004. Appalachian State won the first six cups from 1987-1992 and grabbed two more from 2006-2007, while College of Charleston garnered the award in 2004-05.
In the Commissioner's Cup standings, which goes to the top men's sports program, Samford is in sixth place after the fall with 17 points.
The Commissioner's Cup originated in 1970 and the Germann Cup was first awarded in 1987. The latter is named after former SoCon Commissioner Ken Germann, who was instrumental in bringing women's sports to the conference.
Appalachian State has claimed the Commissioner's Cup 28 times since entering the SoCon in 1971, winning 16 of the last 17 cups.
2008-09 Germann Cup (through Fall 2008)
1. Samford, 32 pts.
2. Furman, 29 pts.
3. UNC Greensboro, 26 pts.
4. College of Charleston, 22 pts.
5. Davidson, 22 pts.
6. Chattanooga, 21 pts.
7. Western Carolina, 21 pts.
8. Elon, 18 pts.
9. Appalachian State, 16 pts.
10. Georgia Southern, 12.5 pts.
11. Wofford, 8 pts.
12. The Citadel, 4.5 pts.
2008-09 Commissioner's Cup (through Fall 2008)
1. Appalachian State, 34 pts.
2. Elon, 29 pts.
3. Furman, 28 pts.
4. Wofford, 19 pts.
5. Georgia Southern, 18 pts.
6. Samford, 17 pts.
7. UNC Greensboro, 16 pts.
8. Chattanooga, 15 pts.
9. College of Charleston, 12 pts.
10. Western Carolina, 11 pts.
11. Davidson, 11 pts.
12. The Citadel, 9 pts.
13. VMI (wrestling only), 0 pts.