Earlier this week, Lipscomb and Jacksonville earned bids to the NCAA Volleyball Championship giving the Atlantic Sun multiple teams for the first time in conference history as the Bisons secured the A-Sun's first-ever at-large bid.
The ground-breaking accomplishment by A-Sun Volleyball only adds to the best year in league history as conference student-athletes are performing at a record level when it comes to postseason play.
Few other conferences can compete with the level of success A-Sun teams & student-athletes have produced over the past 12 months. In fact, only the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC can claim the postseason success of the A-Sun during 2014.
This is only part of what the A-Sun has combined to accomplish since Jan. 2014;
- Posted a victory in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
- Secured four postseason bids apiece in men's & women's basketball
- Had a team appear in NCAA Baseball Super Regional (Kennesaw State)
- Three softball teams earn victories in NCAA Regional play (Stetson, USC Upstate & Lipscomb)
- Landed four teams in NCAA Men's Golf Regional Tournaments
- Two teams in the 2014 NCAA Volleyball Championship
Out of the 32 NCAA Division I conferences, only the above mentioned four conferences match or exceed the previous six accomplishments since the start of the 2014 calendar.
In addition to the previously mentioned feats, A-Sun teams have achieved several other memorable moments this year;
- FGCU became first A-Sun team to host an NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament match
- North Florida's doubles team of Jack Findel-Hawkins and Norbert Nemcsek joined FGCU's Jordi Vives in winning a match in the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship
- Lipscomb's Gemikal Prude and Kennesaw State's Andre Dorsey both earned NCAA Indoor Track & Field All-America status; first time in A-Sun history with multiple All-Americans in same year.
- A conference-best three sand volleyball teams (Stetson, Jacksonville & North Florida) were represented at AVCA Championship.
- Highest-ever individual finish by a women's golfer at the NCAA Championship as Gabriella Wahl tied for 50th.
- Kennesaw State reached the NCAA Men's Golf Championship as the A-Sun has been represented at the last five national tournaments.
With 2014 nearing its conclusion, A-Sun teams can look back at the historic year that was and continue to build for the year to come in 2015. Before the New Year begins, Jacksonville and Lipscomb try to expand the historic year with runs of their own in the NCAA Tournament.