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Pioneers win first Commissioner’s Cup

For the first time since becoming eligible to compete for tournament championships in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2004, Transylvania won the Commissioner’s Cup by leading the league in combined points for both men’s and women’s teams.

Transylvania’s point total of 107.66 outdistanced Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (103.33), Franklin College (99.66), and Hanover College (93.83). The Pioneers’ total is the highest for any school since the award was created in 2005.

The Pioneers also won the All-Sports trophy for women’s athletics for the second year in a row, garnering 63.33 points and winning championships in soccer, volleyball, and softball. The men were fifth in All-Sports competition, amassing 44.33 points with championships in soccer, golf, and tennis.

It marks the first time a team outside of Indiana has won the Commissioner’s Cup. The HCAC has six member schools in Indiana, three in Ohio, and one in Kentucky.

“This is a great accomplishment for our student-athletes and coaching staff,” said Transylvania athletics director Jack Ebel ’77. “It shows we are very competitive in all our programs and that we are achieving at a very high level.”

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