UC Santa Barbara Leads Commissioners Cup After Fall Season
Big West Commissioner's Cup Fall Season Release
Defending Commissioner’s Cup champion UC Santa Barbara started the defense of its title with an impressive fall, resulting in the top spot in the Cup standings.
The Gauchos averaged 124.0 points over its five fall sports, bouyed by the North Division title in men’s soccer as well as top three finishes at the Cross Country Championships for both its clubs. UCSB, which ended the five-year reign of Long Beach State with its Cup title a year ago, finished in the top four in four of its five fall championships.
Second place belonged to Hawai’i with a 120.0-point average, the highest placing after the fall for UH since returning to the Big West in the 2012-13 season. The ‘Bows claimed the women’s volleyball championship and finished in the top five in women’s soccer and women’s cross country to post its highest fall average since 2012 (116.7). Hawai’i’s point average is also the most for the program after the fall season in the current nine-team conference alignment.
Cal Poly came in third after the fall, registering a 114.0-point average over five championships. The Mustangs swept the Cross Country Championships and also recorded a top-three finish in women’s volleyball. This marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that Cal Poly has registered a top three finish after the fall.
Cal State Fullerton and CSUN completed the fall tied for fourth with 100.0 points. The Titans finished no lower than fourth in four of their five fall sports, while the Matadors claimed the women’s soccer regular season title and the South Division title in men’s soccer.
Long Beach State was sixth with an average of 97.5 points, while UC Davis was seventh with a 94.0-point average. Eighth place belonged to UC Irvine with an 86.0-point average and UC Riverside wrapped up the standings with a 58.0-point average.
The Big West Commissioner’s Cup, which started during the 1998-99 season, is awarded to the institution with the highest average point total following the 17 Conference sport seasons. Points are not awarded if the institution or conference does not sponsor the sport.
In determining a champion, the following round robin sports have points awarded on the basis of the final regular season standings, including a 20-point bonus for the champion. These sports are baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. In the sports of cross country, golf, men’s tennis, track & field, women’s beach volleyball and women’s water polo, the points are awarded based on finish at the Conference Championship. In the case of ties in all sports, points shall be awarded by combining points and dividing them equally among the tied teams.
A complete recap of the point system is available in the provided link.