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Grand Valley Increases its Lead as the Spring Season Opens

May 25, 2006

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As the spring championship opens, defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.) increased its lead on the field, with an impressive 437.75 point margin over its nearest competitor in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division II standings.

The winner for the last two years, the Lakers now boast 978.75 points. Grand Valley State scored in five the seven sports contested thus far, placing fourth in women's golf, 17th in women's tennis, 27th in men's golf, 32nd in men's tennis and 33rd in softball.

Moving into second place is Nebraska Omaha with 541 points, based on a seventh place finish in women's golf, 17th in women's tennis and 26th in women's softball. They are followed by Abilene Christian (Tex.), third with 532.5 points; Cal State Bakersfield, fourth with 483 points; and Southern Illinois Edwardsville, in fifth with 481.5 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of women and men's golf and tennis; women's lacrosse and softball. Winning these national championships were Rollins (Fla.) in women's golf, South Carolina Aiken in men's golf, Adelphia (N.Y.) in women's lacrosse, Lock Haven (Penn.) in softball, Brigham Young Hawaii in women's tennis and Valdosta State (Ga.) in men's tennis.

The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

Spring sport standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.